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South Holland District Council says it wants to improve communication with Spalding litter pickers who say they are in constant contact

Council staff are hoping to create better communication with community litter picking groups in order to ensure rubbish is quickly cleared.

South Holland District Council’s environmental teams are hoping to establish better communication with a number of litter picking groups in order to minimise the impact the extra collections are having on staff members.

Commending the work of the groups, Environmental Services Manager Charlotte Paine said that more than 1,000 bags of rubbish were collected from 128 locations by the Wombles of Spalding Common from March 12 to March 24 alone.

Piet Boekestijn took this photo of volunteers tidying on Enterprise Way (43930661)
Piet Boekestijn took this photo of volunteers tidying on Enterprise Way (43930661)

Speaking at Spalding Town Forum she said: “There is a lot of work that is being done, but one thing we’ve needed to do is improve our communication with them and the way that information is reported to us so that we can minimise the impact it’s been having to the team to be able to collect those additional 1,000 bags on top of the work that we do every day.”

Speaking after the meeting Sam Robert, a member of Wombles group, said taking litter home isn’t possible.

He said: “It’s great that litter picking got such exposure and that people are taking us seriously but they seem a little detached from reality. It seemed a little forced as we are in constant contact with SHDC so I’m not sure how we can communicate more. The phone call we had with them was much of the same, great to speak but nothing has changed.

“They asked if we can take all bags home where possible but if they did a pick themselves they would realise this very often isn’t possible due to the amount/weight or distance from home.

“They raised safety issues and I confirmed that no group womble meet has ever encouraged working in rivers/dykes or main roads. If our group choose to it’s very hard to stop them. We have full time jobs and to manage 2,600 people is not possible.

“They also asked if we have method statements which was funny as it was another department from SHDC who gave us their risk assesment and method statement. There must be an internal communication breakdown between councillors and SHDC departments.”

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