THE LEADER of Redditch’s Conservative group is rallying residents to clean up after themselves when out and about.
Councillor Juliet Brunner (Con, M’boro) is highlighting the issue which is increasingly raising its head at the local PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meetings.
And Coun Brunner urged residents and visitors to dispose of their litter more thoughtfully following a number of complaints.
“This is becoming a recurring theme,” she said. “It’s something that could simply be solved by residents either using the bins provided or taking their rubbish home with them.”
Coun Brunner often ventures out in Matchborough with her bin bag and litter picker where she is always joined by fellow residents.
She added: “I don’t even need to say anything. As soon as I get out there I’m always joined by at least three neighbours.”
A number of volunteers regularly patrol the area in groups but Coun Brunner encourages people to pick up after themselves and added that a community litter pick should be a last resort.
“I’d like to pay tribute to those unsung heroes in our community who voluntarily pick up litter to keep our town looking nice,” she said. “They are the community champions.”
A council spokesperson added: “We will always strive to keep Redditch looking its best and continue to raise awareness but to make the most impact we also need the help of residents and ask that they dispose of their waste correctly.”