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Aston Fields community pulls together for litter pick

Bromsgrove Editorial 23rd May, 2018 Updated: 24th May, 2018

ASTON Fields residents took to the streets to tackle litter around Bromsgrove Station and New Road as part of the nationwide Great Plastic Pick up.

The event was organised and led by local resident Sarah Milburn.

The team was assisted by local councillors Rita Dent, Malcolm Glass, Phil Thomas and Caroline Spencer.

Seven bags of waste and recycling were filled in under two hours.

Bromsgrove Station has a problem with litter being blown into hedgerows at the side of the pavement. New Road also has an issue with cigarette butts.

Residents would regularly stop the team and ask them when the next litter pick was happening and weather they could participate.

As this was so successful a monthly community group collection is going to take place.

It is hoped the pick-ups will renew a sense of community spirit in people and pride in where they live.

Other people who see Sarah and the team litter-picking may also join the ranks or at least think twice before dropping rubbish onto the floor.

Sarah said: ”¬†“I work with 11 to 14-year-olds in schools, teaching them about sustainability issues and encouraging them to work in teams to come up with solutions to the issues they want to solve.

“This year, a lot of them have been worried about plastic waste, and so I was inspired by them.

“The response has been so positive that I’ve been encouraged to set up a Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful Facebook group”

Coun Dent said: “The community spirit we had on Saturday was great.

“Just two hours made things better and people do want to help.”

This is the latest in a series to tackle plastic recycling locally by stakeholders and the Conservative Group.

MP Sajid Javid praised the scheme and said he was looking forward to forward to working with the group to help keep Bromsgrove beautiful.

Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful is apolitical and run by Sarah and has nothing to do with the council.

Story by Anikah Imran.

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