Amport Parish Council were contacted to say that there was a lot of rubbish at the end of Sarson Lane, near the A303, and could we organise for it to be cleared. The resident who reported it cleared it themselves, but it triggered a community litter pick on the 21st March 2021. It was coordinated by the Parish Council, and a team of willing volunteers was quickly assembled.
We were thrilled to have offers from 28 people and a couple of dogs from around the Parish who offered to help on the day and others who told us that they regularly picked up litter on their dog walks, or walks around the parish. So many thanks to all the residents who are helping keep our parish and villages regularly cleaned of rubbish.
We were Covid-19 regulation-compliant, so people picked litter in their own bubbles or family groups; we even had two pickers from Fox Farm and Grateley who jogged around the perimeter during the morning, picking up rubbish as they went.
I asked people to tell me what the oddest thing that they picked up, and here are a few items: a knife with a nine-inch blade, half a bike, a hand-saw, the can of choice for our litter throwers was Foster’s lager, lots of McDonald’s and Starbucks cups, and sadly many, many, dog poo bags!!!
We were assisted by Test Valley Environmental Services, who said that we had to make sure that everyone was registered through Test Valley. Here is the link to their web site, where you will find the information regarding their service. You need to complete the form and e-Mail it back, and they will arrange for litter pickers, bags and Hi-Viz vests to be delivered to you. This page also contains all the relevant health and safety information.
Their advice was to place any bags next to a litter bin or take them back to your house and place them next to your bin on refuse day and they will collect. Test Valley were so efficient and delivered all the necessary kit within a couple of days – so thank you so much for such great service.
Volunteers needed – We are also looking for people from the whole of Amport Parish (Amport, East Cholderton, Fox Farm and the Weyhill area) to co-ordinate and do this on a more regular basis. Due to Covid-19 you must, of course, be Covid regulation compliant. We will help to advertise this and spread the word for you.
The overriding message for our volunteers either on the day or on a regular basis is to say a huge thank you, as we all benefit from a litter-free environment. Those who leave dog poo bags on our footpaths and hedgerows, please, please, please take your rubbish home. On this single litter pick, we collected more than 30 bags of rubbish. One volunteer did remark ‘I recently became a litter picker, and there was absolutely no training – you were just expected to pick it up as you went along.’ But he also said he had bags of fun. Councillor Sally Baker (Amport Parish Council)
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