Hitchin scouts support The Comet's campaign against litter

A SCOUT group has helped The Comet s campaign to stop the drop. Members of the 16th Hitchin (St Faith s) Scout Group joined the Friends of Walsworth Common on their monthly litter pick at the Hitchin recreation ground. Together with their parents and lead

A SCOUT group has helped The Comet's campaign to stop the drop.

Members of the 16th Hitchin (St Faith's) Scout Group joined the Friends of Walsworth Common on their monthly litter pick at the Hitchin recreation ground.

Together with their parents and leaders, they helped collect 11 bags of rubbish, and Andy Lickfold, a member of the Friends of Walsworth Common, said: "They worked hard and we were very grateful for their help.

"They are really keen to do their bit to keep their local environment clean and tidy."


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A group of 14 cubs and their leaders also spent an evening litter picking through Purwell Meadows where they collected five large sacks of rubbish, much of which they were able to recycle.

GET involved and help stop litter blighting Comet country.

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Visit www.litteraction.org.uk to find out if there is a litter picking group where you live, or get some friends together for a clear-up.

The Hertfordshire Society, the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has litter picking equipment, including heavy duty gloves, bag hoops and high visibility jackets, available to borrow. Call 01438 717587 or email office@cpreherts.org.uk

THE Comet spotted litter strewn in The Avenue in Stevenage Old Town and took some snaps yesterday (Wednesday).

Rubbish including sweet and crisp packets, plastic bottles and cans, and broken glass was scattered along the tree-lined track.

Cllr Pam Gallagher, who represents the Old Town ward on Stevenage Borough Council, said: "There isn't as much litter as there often is. When the schools are open there is a lot.

"The council does litter picking regularly, but it would be wonderful if people could put their rubbish straight in a bin."

A PENSIONER is angry by what she termed an 'outrageous' incident of flytipping outside her home on Monday afternoon.

Mill Lane in Gosmore was blocked after a lorry driver tipped his load of building rubble, old trees and even a deckchair in the middle of the country road.

The road was blocked for several hours outside the home of Jean Morley. The 73-year-old said: "I heard a strange noise outside and when I went out to my front gate I saw a lorry disappearing up the lane and the road blocked by a load of rubbish.

"I couldn't believe anyone would have the nerve to do such a thing. It is outrageous!"

Hertfordshire Highways sent out a crew that afternoon to move the rubbish to the side of the road and it was cleared on Tuesday morning.

Another flytipping hot spot is on Old Knebworth Lane, just past the railway bridge. Despite rubbish being cleared on several occasions by North Herts District Council, the woodland area is again overflowing with household items and building materials.

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