The Borough Council of Wellingborough is helping to keep the environment clean with a series of intensive cleaning measures this spring.
The next intensive clean-up is scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March, with the focus on cleaning the A45 laybys.
This will be followed by a longer programme of cleaning the A45 verges and central reservation over 12 nights from Monday 19th to Friday 30th April. The work will necessitate road closures at night to minimise disruption to traffic and to ensure the safety of workers and contractors.
The council has recently assisted with community clean-ups through its subsidiary, Wellingborough Norse.
Dean Granger, Enforcement/Service Support Officer at Wellingborough Norse said: “Historically, local community groups have worked hard to keep the local environment clean and they continue to do so. Membership of the Northamptonshire Wombles group, which includes Welly Wombles and some village groups, has grown rapidly as more volunteers give up their valuable time to remove unsightly rubbish from their villages and towns. We assist wherever possible by providing bags and removing litter-picked waste.”
One local group of Hardwick residents organised a recent litter pick at Hardwick Village, an area beset by problems with fly-tipping. The litter pick produced in excess of 70 bags of litter.
Another group, the Welly Wombles/Wellingborough Eco group, coordinate regular litter picks in the Wellingborough area.
The Borough Council of Wellingborough, in partnership with Northamptonshire Police, has accredited officers with the powers to issue fixed penalty notices in respect of litter, fly-tipping, dog fouling, graffiti and flyposting. The average fine for littering is around £75 but can be up to £2,500. Fly-tipping can carry a fine of up to £50,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
Councillor Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Council, said: “Litter in a public place is unsightly, dangerous to animals, and is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990. Always use a litter bin or take your rubbish home.
“I would like to applaud all the community organisations and groups who give up their precious spare time clearing up the mess that other people selfishly leave behind or deliberately fly-tip .As well as the groups mentioned already, the residents of Great Doddington have cleared the best part of 120 bags of rubbish and over 100 car tyres from Hardwater and Cut Throat Lane close to their village.
“I do wish that people would consider the impact on our wonderful countryside and spare a thought for the staff who have to clear up other people’s rubbish as well as the cost of evening closures of roads.
“I sincerely hope that the new North Northamptonshire Unitary Authority will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to issue convictions, where evidence exists, to those responsible for this despicable crime.”
The new North Northamptonshire unitary authority will replace the existing councils that serve the boroughs and districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough and will be responsible for the public services currently provided by Northamptonshire County Council in these areas. The changes being made will provide greater opportunities to improve services and ensure that they provide better value for money. Continuing to provide services that are vital to local residents and business will be a key focus of the new council.