Litter problems in Newport as lockdown eases

As weather gets more summery and the Government's lockdown rules are relaxed, a town mayor is encouraging people to get rid of their litter responsibly and maintain pride in public areas.

Shuker Field
Shuker Field

People have been meeting up again as coronavirus rules are eased up, but in at least one Shropshire town it has coincided with an increase in litter.

Newport's mayor Peter Scott has been taking part in litter picks at Shuker Field, Norbroom Park and Audley Avenue.

He said: "There have been more people out and about with takeaway food and drink.

"I've arranged that Telford & Wrekin Council do extra bin emptying as they are full again by Friday.

"There is a lot of McDonalds, Greggs and Subway litter on Audley Avenue.

"We have to remember it is our responsibility to dispose of litter, not the places we buy it from.

"There are plenty of bins – 10 on Norbroom Park and eight on Audley Avenue. We have more than any other town in the borough.

"We need people to use them and report them if full. I think Newport is generally a tidy town – the warmer weather brings its own problems.

"The next official community litter pick is April 18 but we welcome anyone reporting hotspots to our Facebook page or directly to me."

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