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Litter picks organised across Rugby by councillors and Mark Pawsey MP

Written by on September 17, 2020

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Litter picks organised across Rugby by councillors and Mark Pawsey MP


Litter picks organised across Rugby by councillors and Mark Pawsey MP

Great British September Cleans took place in Hillmorton, Coton and Newbold

15th September 2020

Rugby’s councillors and Member of Parliament have been out in force for the Great British September Clean to help tidy up litter in their communities.

Litter picks took place in Coton & Boughton, where Mark Pawsey MP joined Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince and local residents, whilst in Hillmorton Councillors Yousef Dahmash, Kathryn Lawrence and Ian Picker were joined by community campaigner Adam Daly to litter pick the Hillmorton Village Green and nearby alley way. Wayne Rabin, community campaigner in Newbold & Brownsover is also helping local residents with weekly litter picks. So far this has included along the banks of the River Avon and Newbold Quarry, as well as on Technology Drive.

The Great British September Clean has this year been organised by Keep Britain Tidy following the cancellation of the Great British Spring Clean due to the coronavirus outbreak. Keep Britain Tidy are encouraging people across the country to go out safely between 11th and 27th September in socially distanced groups of no more than 6, or even just do 15 minutes in their own road and pick up some litter.

In addition to Keep Britain Tidy, Rugby Borough Council has recently launched the “Don’t be a Tosser” campaign due to a disappointing increase in littering in public parks and spaces during lockdown.

Speaking after litter picking in Coton & Boughton, Mark commented:

“We should all take pride in our local area, but sadly a small minority do drop litter, which not only looks really unsightly but also poses a threat to wildlife and the natural world. Fortunately, Rugby has a great many local residents who are prepared to go out and do their bit for the community and take part in a litter pick and I was delighted to be able to join Cllr Simpson-Vince and residents to help tidy up and I hope that others will also take part in the Great British September Clean this year.”

Mark continued:

“One thing that has been really disappointing to see is the number of disposable facemasks being discarded on the floor. It’s really important for all of us to wear masks at the moment to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but disposable masks need to be thrown in the bin after they’ve been used.”

Wayne Rabin, Community Campaigner for Newbold and Brownsover added:

“I’ve spent the last year on regular picks with residents in different local areas. It’s a simple and hugely rewarding activity, good exercise and a great way to meet new people. It’s satisfying that we’ve seen a gradual reduction in litter in some areas too.”

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