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19th Sep, 2021

Take litter home and adhere to lockdown rules in Solihull park - plea council

Sarah Mason 16th Mar, 2021

SILHILLIANS are being reminded to take their litter home and to stick to the rules on with social gatherings in borough parks and open spaces.

This comes after local volunteers and councillors to keep residents safe and Solihull clean as the sun begins to shine and more people are venturing out.

Chris Dunster, chair of Talking Rubbish in Solihull, is one of 250 residents who have signed up for Love Solihull Community Litter Picking scheme, which has been running throughout the pandemic.

She said: “Every time it’s sunny our parks fill up and some people leave their rubbish behind.

“This makes work for already stretched council staff and for volunteers like me, that take pride in their local area.

“Please – put your rubbish in the bins provided. If they’re full – take your rubbish home.”

From March 8, people have been allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household for a drink on a bench.

From March 29, up to six people from two households, or support bubbles for those eligible to form one, will be able to meet outdoors.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Solihull Council’s cabinet member for environment and highways, added: “It’s great to see so many people enjoying our beautiful parks and most people are responsible.

“But as we take our first tentative steps out of lockdown and people can meet for a coffee or picnic I’m really concerned about the selfish behaviour of some.

“Leaving litter in our parks and on our streets endangers wildlife, can spread disease – including Covid, and spoils the enjoyment of our parks for other people.

“It also creates more work for council staff and volunteers like Chris. Please treat our environment and others with respect.”

For more on becoming a litter picker email lovesolihull@solihull.gov.uk or visit www.lovesolihull.org

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