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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

A rubbish realisation for young scouts

11th June 2013
A rubbish realisation for young scouts

Two local organisations were left disappointed on Saturday when they came across a large amount of rubbish that had been dumped close to Roman Square in Sittingbourne during a litter picking activity.

Local charity Litter Angels and the 10th Sittingbourne Scout Group were volunteering for Scouting Week, which was previously known as Bob-A-Job Week, when they found two un-emptied overflowing large commercial waste bins, which had encouraged others to dump their rubbish around it causing it to spill into a public access way down towards the High Street.

Local MP, Gordon Henderson, who took part in the litter pick, immediately contacted Swale Borough Council to investigate and resolve the matter.

Mr Henderson said,

“Litter Angels invited the scouts along on a litter pick to teach them about litter and the effects it has on our environment. That definitely became clear to them when we came across the pile of waste. How anybody can leave a public space in such a disgusting state is beyond me.

“At a time when Litter Angels is doing so much to teach young people about the anti-social nature of litter, it is very frustrating that there is a minority of people in our community who feel they can dump waste like this and get away with it.

“I am disappointed that these people do not take more care of the area where they live and work and where young children play.”

Alister Andrews, Environment Response Manager at Swale Borough Council said,

“The waste has now been cleared, but I will ensure that one of our environment officers gets in touch with the landowner about preventing further incidents. We will also get a fly tipping warning sign erected”

“We take fly tipping offences very seriously and we are investigating this matter in order to find the offender. If anyone has any information, please get in touch with the council by calling 01795 417850.”

The litter pick itself was not a wasted effort though as a total of 30 bags of general litter were collected, 3 buckets full of bottles, 3 bags of cans plus a hypodermic syringe and a pregnancy kit.

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