Event highlights problem of littering and fly-tipping around Leadenham
An event hosted by Leadenham Parish Council, the village school and a village litter picking team has highlighted the problem of littering and fly-tipping in the area.
The parish was hosting its Stick up for your Environment event. Twenty-three large black plastic bags full of litter collected in the village in March were on display, alongside a huge amount of fly-tipped objects, all retrieved from verges and hedges.
The stars of the event were the pupils from Leadenham Primary School who had produced over 30 posters reflecting their views on discarded litter. They took part in a ‘litter pick’ on the playing field, working in pairs, using ‘pick up sticks’ loaned by North Kesteven District Council and they managed to gather around ten bags full.
Information boards reflected the areas of the parish where litter and rubbish are most prevalent and the serious consequences to wildlife from discarded plastic litter, the latter being supported by Kesteven Wildlife Watch.
Visitors were given the opportunity to give their views and leave comments on an information /ideas board.
Organisers said the event was held in the hope that people would become aware of just how serious the litter problem has become in the community, especially plastic waste.
Leadenham sits at the crossroads of two main A roads (A607 and A17) and the slip roads allowing traffic access from one road to the other are the main litter and fly-tipping areas. Traffic passing through and those who stop for a break in the one official (and two unofficial) laybys appear to be the main culprits. Event organiser said bottles of urine and wet wipes are common items retrieved, as well as used condoms.
Hilary Proctor, clerk to Leadenham Parish Council, said: "We a have a fly-tipped item which consists of a huge cardboard roll of printed wrappers for a kebab shop or similar – no longer required - so chuck it in the dyke in a rural area. A few worn tyres need clearing out – chuck them off the van while you’re out in a rural area – nobody will see. That’s the mindset we are up against.
"If our event can raise awareness as to the seriousness of the litter/plastic problem in our society, time will not have been wasted in staging the event. If we can inspire other parishes to start their own litter picking group, time will not have been wasted. If the young have been made aware of the seriousness of the litter problem, then time has not been wasted.
"Our Litter Picking Volunteer Group was formed 16 months ago, supported with equipment by the Parish Council, and they have worked relentlessly each month in their collecting. We cannot thank them enough."