Mum calls for help as she begins blitz on litter
A fed up mum has taken matters into her own hands by organising a litter blitz of the town centre and residential areas.
Gina Gee, 32, of Brittain Drive, Grantham, has already enlisted the help of her four children, but is hoping more families will join them.
The mum-of-four said: “We all live in this town and I believe we should all do our part to keep it clean. It shouldn’t just be left to the council.
“If a few more people started to care about our home town and where we raise our kids then we wouldn’t have to look at so much junk and litter.
“The clean-up is an excuse to get the community and children together to do something good. It will be a good lesson for everyone involved, in particular children. They are our future generation so it’s better to teach them now about the importance of keeping the streets tidy.”
Gina hopes the community action will be a lesson to her own children too, after catching them dropping litter.
The determined mum has already been in contact with South Kesteven District Council which has agreed to supply litter picks, bags high-vis vests for everyone who takes part.
Gina added: “We will be giving each child a warning card with details of items that they should steer clear from, including any needles and syringes.
“I’m looking into organising two groups if we get enough support. We will tackle opposite ends of town and try and spread out as much as safely possible.
“As long as we have plenty of support this is more than possible to achieve. I have a feeling that this is going to turn into a monthly event.”
SKDC is supporting the family in their efforts.
A council spokesperson said: “We set up the highly-successful Big Clean two years ago to achieve a higher street standard which consistently exceeds the national average and makes SKDC one of the best performers in the country.
“We invest over £400,000 each year to keep our towns and villages clean and tidy, working with residents to help target problem areas.
“Our combined effort of street cleansing, enforcement and the Big Clean is having a positive impact on the district overall.
“However, there will always be areas we can’t get to as often as we would like, so community involvement is always welcome.
“We are always happy to support teams of litter pickers like this public-spirited family and their team with high-vis vests, picking tools and refuse sacks.
“Ultimately, we would like people not to drop litter at all. This type of anti-social behaviour is simply not acceptable.”
If you are interested in getting involved contact Gina on her Facebook page – www.facebook.com/gina.gee.5074