Residents make clean sweep

Thorp Arch Litter Pick (s)
Thorp Arch Litter Pick (s)

For the fifth year running, the Thorp Arch Village Society organised a litter pick for the village.

Nearly 20 civic-minded residents turned out despite inclement weather, and – proving that many hands make light work – cleared 24 bin bags full of litter in just over an hour.

The roads cleared were Wood Lane from the village to Walton Road, Dowkell Lane and Church Causeway.

David Watts, former Chairman of the Village Society and the organiser of the initial litter picks, said that the litter problem has improved.

“In the first three years, fly tipping was more of a problem, with such items as old TV sets being picked up.

“This year it was mostly rubbish thrown from vehicles but also bags full of grass clippings and two hubcaps.

“A dead heron was found dumped behind the church. Dog bags continue to be a particularly annoying problem.”

The residents worked in teams, wearing yellow vests and using long-handled picks, though there weren’t enough of these to go around, so about half of the volunteers simply had to pick the debris up from the ground.

One bag full of aluminium cans was segregated and donated to the charity drive for Arrive Alive, which is raising funds for another heliport at a children’s hospital to cater for the transfer of newborn babies.

Two helipads have already been built from funds raised in this manner.

Bins are available at the rear of the Village Hall in Boston Spa and in the car park at The Half Moon in Collingham.