Anti-litter campaigners could lobby for Uckfield by-law

The Brighter Uckfield Campaign is considering lobbying for a by-law to be introduced to help the police deal with “litter-louts”.brighter_uckfield_logo

A report following the group’s annual meeting last week said investigations would be made into the possibility of asking the appropriate council to introduce the by-law.

It also said the campaign would be looking to work closely during the coming year with Uckfield Community Technology College to educate students about the problems caused when litter is not disposed properly.

And members agreed to act with the town’s carnival and bonfire society to address problems caused by some of the ‘fun’ materials that have been available on carnival night.

It was reported that the Brighter Uckfield group was continuing to grow and because of that activities will be run under three separate headings in the future: litter picking, projects group and garden competition.

Chairman Ian Smith, who is also the Mayor of Uckfield, said the campaign had received many plaudits from the town’s community for the work it undertook but this put pressure on the achievement of all the environment actions the community would like to see in the town.

He said: “We are, after all, just volunteers – not doing community service, as some people have thought in the past! And availability of time and, sometimes, money prevents us from doing everything we would like and want to do.”

Mr Smith said regular Sunday morning litter clearance, weeding and sweeping in the town centre continued unabated. At the same time other individuals were working on similar problems in their immediate area.

Projects undertaken include work on the railway station forecourt which was carried out with help of Waitrose and the Rotary Club. The reward for the efforts should be particularly noticeable from spring next year.

It was hoped to attract more entries to the garden competition next year and there were plans to introduce new features.

Brighter Uckfield volunteers were also involved in the annual clearance day at the River Uck.

Planters appear at most road entry points to the town and it was hoped that all the entry points would be covered eventually.

People were needed to take on the regular – week-to-week – responsibility of checking the planters were maintained in a healthy state.

The campaign aims to keep a watching brief as the county council works on its plans to improve traffic flow in the town.

Mr Smith said: “This should bring with it environment improvements such as new street furniture, planting of trees and new pavement finishes.  Brighter Uckfield will need to keep a watching brief on this activity so that the improvements are ‘street cleaning friendly’.”

He also reported that the campaign had been unsuccessful in getting the town council to employ an environment warden to support the work of volunteers.

He added: “I am sure that we will not want to relent on the attempts to get a solution to this. We do seem to have wide public support for the type of thing we do, but there is no way that we can expand our activity to many places beyond the centre of the town.”

*Mr Smith was re-elected. Secretary, Sharon Foxwell; treasurer, Neil Kerridge.

See also:

Residents and businesses asked to help keep Uckfield litter free

Nine-hour parking limit suggested for Uckfield town centre

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