Follow on from Social Action Day
We had two good sessions cleaning up litter at both Gosforth (above) and Hillcrest yesterday. As Stephen said in a post on the last thread, some of what we found was shocking, but we left the car park area in Gosforth very clean, and made a big dent in the amount of rubbish around the play area/park in Hillcrest.
I am quite certain that this was a worthwhile exercise, which the quantity of glass alone that we removed, never mind anything else, would have justified. If you leave large quantities of bottles and broken glass in a play area, sooner or later a child will be hurt.
There were four sites which we looked at for yesterday's action day: two in Whitehaven, one each in Millom and Gosforth.
We talked to Copeland council about the proposed litter picks in advance. The council decided that what we were doing was political and refused to provide the litter-picking sticks etc that they usually make available for exercises like this (we made other arrangements) and then they sent the council's own clean-up team to tidy up the area in Millom which we had been concerned about.
As far as I am concerned that counts as a success: we wanted the area cleaned up, and that was the important thing, not who actually did the tidying-up.
So that's one area cleared of rubbish by CBC and two by ourselves, and one area still to tackle, which is on Bransty Hill.
So regardless of the result of the election and whether I am there as the local MP or as the ward councillor, we will be organising a litter pick on a Saturday in May on Bransty Hill. Details will follow - watch this space.