Funds available to help volunteer litter pickers during clean-up weekend

Funds are available to help volunteer litter pickers taking part in the Great British Spring Clean in Wealden which runs for a weekend from Friday, March 2, to Sunday, March 4.

Litter picking equipment, refuse bags, and waste collection services, are being made available to groups, by Wealden Council, that register and add their event on the official Great British Spring Clean website.

The offer comes as Wealden itself has been criticised for the build up of litter revealed on roads around Uckfield after grass cutting.

Very bad

Volunteer members of Brighter Uckfield have been tackling the A26 north of Uckfield which was left looking “very bad” after East Sussex County Council cut back verges without coordinating a litter pick with Wealden which is responsible for keeping the roads litter free.

Yesterday 14 sacks of litter were collected from verges beteen the Blackdown Roundabout, near the Shell garage, and Five Ash Down.

A further 15 sacks were litter picked further north towards Herons Ghyll earlier in the week.

Statutory duty

The volunteers said on their Facebook page: “We’re not going to start on the rest of the bypass just yet, as Wealden really do have to do their statutory duty and get that sorted, but it’s on our list and we will reappraise the situation if it still hasn’t been done over the next two weeks.”

Members of Wealden Green Party were out yesterday too picking up litter on the Maresfield bypass.

The litter-picking equipment being offered by Wealden for the spring clean-up is limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served, basis for any event occuring between mid-February and the end of March. The council says priority will be given to groups that have not previously received equipment.

Keep Britain Tidy

This is the third year that Wealden Council has supported the clean-up campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

Cllr Roy Galley, portfolio holder for waste and economic development said the response from communities had been incredible and was increasing each time.

He said: “Like others, I have been shocked by images shown in the BBC’s Blue Planet documentary of marine life struggling to cope with plastis and other litter. I am sure there are many of us in Wealden who will want to do their bit towards making a cleaner planet.”

Waste contractor

The council’s waste contractor, Kier, is helping out by donating some of the litter-picking equipment and providing a special waste collection service.

For more information on the support available from Wealden District Council visit the spring clean page on the council’s website, email, or telephone 01323 443322.

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