Call for action over Shropshire roadside litter problem

Councillors in the west of the county are urging Shropshire Council, the police and the public to combat an upsurge in litter across the county, especially along roadside verges.

Councillor Ruth Houghton
Councillor Ruth Houghton

Ruth Houghton, Shropshire councillor for Bishop's Castle division explained: "Recurring periods of lockdown has had a major impact on our rural areas both in terms of collection of litter coupled with a serious upsurge in litter being dropped on the roadside especially at beauty spots which are still attracting visitors from outside our area.

Heather Kidd, Shropshire Councillor for Chirbury and Worthen, added: "Some parts of our road network are really looking a mess. I spent several hours picking litter off the verges around Chirbury and barely scratched the surface. It's clear that both council the Highways Agency have scaled back dramatically on litter clearing but worryingly it also suggests that some motorists are throwing more litter."

The councillors are asking motorists to take their litter home if they are travelling and report any concentrations of rubbish either to them or Shropshire Council.

Clun division councillor Nigel Hartin said: "There is also a strong correlation between litter and people breaking the lockdown and travelling into our area. Areas like Stipperstones, Carding Mill Valley, Stapeley Common have seen significant numbers of visitors from away depositing a great deal of rubbish.

"This phenomena is not just a litter issue but breaks the lockdown and may well help spread Covid into our area. I really do urge Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police to work together to dissuade people from doing this."

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