Litter blighting Wetherby district

NAWN 1201233 Harry Chapman who is concerned about the amount of rubbish building up around the Haudson Way area. (1201233AM1)
NAWN 1201233 Harry Chapman who is concerned about the amount of rubbish building up around the Haudson Way area. (1201233AM1)
0
Have your say

LITTER which has blighted an area of Wetherby has been cleared up after a town councillor labelled the site a disgrace.

Councillor Harry Chapman spoke out about the amount of litter at a Wetherby town council meeting this month.

NAWN 1201233 Harry Chapman walks down Hudson Way. (1201233AM2

NAWN 1201233 Harry Chapman walks down Hudson Way. (1201233AM2

He told councillors it had become a major problem in the Hudson Way area and along the A168 in Wetherby.

Coun Chapman said cans, bottles and burger wrappers were among items strewn across the banks at the side of the road.

Speaking to the Wetherby News earlier this week, he said: “We have had all sorts of problems with it over the last couple of months now down here.

“I know that the weather has been very windy recently but it has been a problem since before that.

“We do have a person employed from Leeds City Council who takes care of litter in their town duties, but this part of Hudson Way seems to have been missed off.”

“We have a problem with lorries in Wetherby and I am sure the rubbish is coming from cars and lorries being thrown out of the window rather than from walkers themselves who go along the path.”

Mr Chapman, who regularly walks along the site, said the litter issue had improved on his last visit earlier this week.

“It does not look as bad as it did,” he said.

“My overall concern has been that it does not give a good impression for anybody coming into town that way at a time when we are all doing our best to sell Wetherby to the rest of the nation in the hope they will visit and leave with a good impression.”

Wetherby ward councillor Gerald Wilkinson, who is also on the town council, said he had raised the matter with officers at the council on several occasions in the last few weeks.

After enquiries from the Wetherby News, Coun Gerald Wilkinson said the site on Wednesday was as “clean as a whistle.” and had been cleaned up earlier this week by a “good samaritan”

“I have no idea who it was, but I saw an individual with a black bag in their hand cleaning up on Wednesday.

“All I can think is that it was a good samaritan who has took it upon themselves to clean the litter.”

He added that there was a possibility of litter bins and more facilities for street cleaning at the site.

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “There is a £75 fixed penalty in Leeds for people who drop litter. Failure to pay can lead to a fine of £2,500.”

l Have you noticed any litter problems? Email wetherby.news@ypn.co.uk or write to us at 9 Westgate, Wetherby, LS22 6LL.