Litter charter launch by Wetherby team

wet  Pictured at the launch are PCSO Steve Wales, Stewart Bolton, Kazia Knight and Cindy Bentley of Welcome to Wetherby, Councillors Gerald Wilkinson and Galan Moss, Carole Clarke and Beverley Kirk from Leeds City Council.  (130912M1)
wet Pictured at the launch are PCSO Steve Wales, Stewart Bolton, Kazia Knight and Cindy Bentley of Welcome to Wetherby, Councillors Gerald Wilkinson and Galan Moss, Carole Clarke and Beverley Kirk from Leeds City Council. (130912M1)
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Wetherby businesses, residents, councillors and volunteers have all come together to launch an anti-litter campaign in the town.

The litter charter was launched outside Wetherby Town Hall on Market Place last Thursday in a bid to get resident and visitors to clean up their act.

The Welcome to Wetherby Group - made up of town councillors, local retailers, Wetherby in Bloom and Sandringham Park volunteers, handed out leaflets and literature to passers-by to raise awareness of litter problems in the town.

Coun Cindy Bentley, spokesman for Welcome to Wetherby, told the News: “The council has had a lot of complaints about litter in the town,

“The Welcome to Wetherby Group aims to encourage visitors to Wetherby to keep Wetherby as clean and tidy as possible.”

Coun Bentley said the decision for the launch was taken after a litter summit meeting organised by Wetherby mayor Alan Lamb earlier this year.

In his mayor’s column this week, Coun Alan Lamb wrote: “The enthusiasm of others, particular our Welcome to Wetherby volunteers have taken the ideas and come up with an approach that is even better than I first imagined.

“Huge credit must go to them and all the other people that helped to produce our litter charter and engage so many different aspects of our community in it.”

Areas which the group will focus on include Lodge Lane - however as part of the campaign, volunteers from Wetherby Baptist Church had volunteered to keep this area free from litter.

The group has also signed up a number of businesses in the town to join the pledge.

Leaflets handed out on Thursday read: “We aim to ensure Wetherby offers a clean, safe and green environment together with a vibrant and welcoming town centre”.

The charter pledges to keep the town tidy with a mixture of anti-litter activities which include undertaking manual litter picking, emptying bins, maintaining parks and green spaces and ensuring a safe and clean environment.

The group will also visit schools and playgrounds in Wetherby in a bid to encourage children not to drop litter.

Coun Kazia Knight added: “People feel so much better when their surrounding are fresh and bright and Wetherby is kept clean.

“Cost is also an important issue - money spent on picking up litter could be spent on other services.”

The Wetherby litter charter comes on the back of collection reforms by Leeds City Council, which will see black and green bin collection on alternative weeks.

The switch over aims to save the authority money and encourage people to recycle.