Environment: Ewell Village Litter Pick
An update from Councillor Alex Coley on the largest and longest unconference
A local resident is looking for donations of surplus apples from back gardens
Welcome to the environment update for August 2018. July has been a
West Ewell and Ruxley Residents’ Association joined our neighbours over in Ewell Village on their litter pick. There was approximately 50 residents and pupils from Glynn School and all collected an incredible amount. As well as collecting litter, pickers were also able to report issues to local authorities using fixmystreet.org. These included incidents of fly-tipping, areas that were unaccessible (railways) and places attracting litter through lack of bin provision.
It is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 people drop litter, spoiling the area for others. Council’s now have the power to issue fines of up to £150 to litter louts as well as car owners where litter has been dropped from a vehicle. Earlier this month, Councillor’s voted to take a tougher stand on antisocial behaviour.
West Ewell and Ruxley Litter Picks
We are still establishing dates for litter picks in West Ewell and Ruxley wards but our two co-ordinators have other commitments keeping them away from the borough. If you can help us out and provide a couple of hours on a saturday morning please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Chances are you will not be needed but having you on standby ensure the event can go ahead if one of us cannot make it.
At the start of this year, Brian Angus (Ewell Village Residents’ Association’s Chair) launched a campaign on tidying up and fixing issues. Residents can play their part in cleaning up the area with little effort can have a big impact. Cleaning a roadsign after washing your car can make an area look much tidier. The tidier we keep the area, the less people will find it acceptable to litter.
Verges and Grass Cutting
We have been informed by a councillor that due to the heavy rain at the start of April, there has been a delay with the grass cutting. Nature has taken over in the last cople of weeks and we will be checking with our councillors for an update. Residents can help out by keeping their boundary with the pavement weed free.
Residents’ Association Councillor’s voted to provide extra funding for cutting after Surrey County Council reduced them to 4 a year. Another reason for voting for independent representation. For more information see here.
Residents will soon be cleaning driveways which can end up moving dirt on to the road and pavements. Sweep your driveway before washing to remove lose dirt and grit to reduced the amount that ends up on the pavement or in the road. This will also make it easier to clean the driveway and prevent damage when using high pressure washers.