Leonora Murray spent three hours before Christmas filling three bags of rubbish in thirty yards on the footpath between Old Shaw Lane and Shaw Village Centre, and felt compelled to contact The Link about the state of public spaces.
She said: “I became increasingly angry that Swindon Council has spent a lot of money on street signage across West Swindon, but doesn’t clean up street litter effectively. From the amount of beer cans, kebab boxes and sweet wrappers I doubt if that stretch of footpath has been litter picked for years. And I don’t understand why dog owners have to hang their dog’s excrement from bushes and branches.
“Still, we can enjoy the stick-on signs.”
Shaw councillor Keith Williams said he was trying to protect the Streetsmart budget from further cuts. “It’s one council service that the majority of people benefit from.
“I am aware that a lot of individuals and also groups regularly patrol areas to keep them litter free and I welcome their initiative. I’d encourage more people to do the same, but also appeal for people not to drop litter in the first place.”
The West Locality team organised several community clean ups in 2012. If your area has become unsightly and you want to do something about it with others, contact Gail Light: GLight@swindon.gov.uk
Pictured: Gail with volunteers giving Westlea Park a tidy up in July 2012.