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Figures on fines in Bridgnorth appear rubbish

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Not a single fine for littering, fly tipping or dog fouling was issued in the Bridgnorth area last year, a freedom of information request has revealed, as campaigners say the town is "sinking" in rubbish.

By comparison, in the Shrewsbury area eight fines were issued for littering on the street, three for littering from a vehicle and one for dog fouling.

But Christina Webster, a Bridgnorth resident who is spearheading a drive to clean up the town, and asked the council for the data, said she isn't surprised.

Mrs Webster, a 68-year-old retired company director who lives in Paulbrook Road, said: "I knew there wouldn't be any in Bridgnorth.

Bridgnorth is just sinking in litter – there are loads of areas that are just an eyesore to look at."

She has rallied other residents to take matters into their own hands and start a litter picking team.

"I don't think Shropshire Council have got the staff or the money to do anything about it," she added.

She said the authority had at least loaned the volunteers litter picker sticks and black bags, with her team arranging to have what they collect picked up from bins en route.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for environmental maintenance,

said: "Our performance on litter is within the council's agreed target."

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