We are indebted to Graham Smith of Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction who has sent us these stories :
I carry out a litter pick around my area every two days. The area covers Alver Bridge and much of Alver Bridge View. I also clear bikes, scooters etc. from Workhouse Lake. Thankfully this does not happen very often but when it does I ask Streetscene to pick the items up, which they have done so on the same day.
The area is well supported by two large litter bins and two dog bins yet still some people choose not to take any pride in where they live – enforcement is required.
Richard Gowen (Alverstoke, Gosport)
Hill Head residents do not have any formal litter picking groups and the Fareham Borough Council beachfront litter picking employee is not operational during the winter months. However, some of the seafront residents and beach hut owners keep their ‘patch’ free of litter and Tony Pepper and Linda Monk work a job share, conducting voluntary litter picking duties on behalf of Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve and cover the seafront Haven boundary and the historic sea lock. The Fareham Society organise a thorough beach clean west of Meon Shore every spring.
Some of the litter is washed up with the tide; the rest emanates from various sources and includes the occupants of cars visiting the seafront, (mostly the remnants of fast food takeaways), rubbish left by fishermen, ‘used’ doggy bags left on the footpath (or hanging from trees!) and food scavenged by foxes from over-full litter bins.
Tony Pepper (Hillhead, Fareham)
When I walk along the beach I often think what would happen if nobody bothered to litter pick. We have probably picked up enough litter from the beach alone to fill two double decker buses over the last two years. Many hundreds of Litteraction enthusiasts have more than likely collected the same or more all over the UK. I believe it is time for action – let’s start by lobbying for more enforcement officers and tougher government action.
The whole point is we have to stop the dropping of litter. I give my time freely to pick it up – let’s start charging people fortunes for dropping it.
Action-on-litter enthusiast, Mike Chapman (Lee-on-the-Solent)
The Give, Gain and Grow Volunteers litterpicking team can be said to be true ‘Street Friends’ of Town Ward. We regularly engage in litterpicking activities on our own account or in partnership with groups such as Town Cllr. June Cully’s Gosport Waterways Group or the 5th Gosport Sea Scout Group. Our most recent cleanup was of Haslar Lake at its shoreline with Walpole Park. We filled up a large number of sacks of rubbish filled with an assortment of flotsam and jetsam, in addition to extricating six supermarket trolleys, eight tyres, a vacuum cleaner, a mattress and a pushchair out of the lake. This was a great example of local groups, and especially young people, working together to improve the environment. Please join us on Saturday 7th December at 9.30am outside Citizens’ Advice Bureau behind the Search Museum, for a cleanup of the Clarence Road and White Lion Walk area.
The Give, Gain and Grow Volunteers, funded by the Big Lottery and supported by Gosport Voluntary Action, are adults from Gosport and Fareham with mental health issues or a disability who support each other in carrying out volunteering tasks in the community in order to build confidence and self-esteem. For further information contact Sue Greene on 07910 875079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
John Jeffs (Town Ward, Gosport)
I was walking along near the other sailing club, before The Shack. I came across a lady picking up litter from the narrow bit of wasteland between the beach pathway and the back road. Of course I stopped to chat with her. She said she cycles along there and every so often she can’t stand the litter anymore and clears it up. She had a large sack almost overflowing and pointed out that most were take-aways ! She said I was the first person that had stopped to speak to her. When I explained what we do, and where, she was so delighted, bless her, that she said hearing that she was not alone had inspired her.