Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Say NO to litter in your Parish!

The 2019 Coleorton Litterpick took place on Saturday 30 March

McDonalds employees getting ready to collect litter

What a lovely day - and we had a good turnout at the three venues - Beaumont Green, Peggs Green Rec and Forester Close Rec on the Moorlands. 10 young employees from McDonalds in Coalville joined us at Forester Close and did a stirling job cleaning up verges along The Moorlands where rubbish thrown from cars is a constant problem.

We ended up with a small mountain of bags full of rubbish of all kinds - the usual fast-food containers, drinks cans and bottles - including several vodka and gin bottles! - plastic bags, some with rather dubious contents, plastic sheeting, engine-oil containers.

Some residents couldn't make the Litterpick slots but emailed to say they had done their own around areas we couldn't cover. We know that some people regularly collect rubbish on their regular walks around the village. Well done and a big THANK YOU to everyone who takes the trouble to help keep our lovely parish looking as it should.

Some of the rubbish collected during litterpick

Rubbish, especially plastic & foil bags and cans are a hazard to wild life and pets. Last month a young cat was found in Prestons Lane with a foil crisp packet over its head. It was very distressed and thankfully a resident spotted it in time and saved the poor chap.

McDonalds employees with litter collected on the Moorlands

We can only do the Litterpick once a year so in between please do your bit to keep Coleorton parish clean and tidy. Never throw discarded stuff from your car - either in Coleorton or elsewhere (for someone else to pick up!). It also helps to make sure your recycling bins have their lids tightly shut so the contents don't get blown away before the refuse lorries arrive.

Also check outside your house and pick up any rubbish that's there and dispose of appropriately. A little and often will make a big difference.

We are supported by Street Environment Managers from NWLDC. If you have any questions or suggestions about future Litterpicks please email parishclerk@coleorton.org.uk.

Here are some of the volunteers who turned up in previous years at Peggs Green Rec:

LitterPick2013PeggsGreenRec600 Volunteers who helped with the LitterPick2015 at Peggs Green Rec Some of the rubbish they collected. A TV was hauled out of a ditch in Zion Hill

Thank you to all volunteers who helped to keep Coleorton looking beautiful.

 

Drivers urged to dispose of rubbish correctly or face the fine

Report from NW Leicestershire District Council, 6 May 2015

During the annual clean up operation, the council teams picked nine tonnes of litter. This is equivalent to 362 wheelie bins  or 1,087 sacks of waste - with 36 sacks of waste collected per mile. They also collected 11 tonnes with mechanical sweeping, taking the total to a disgusting 20 tonnes of rubbish collected. This included plastic bottles and metal drink cans thought to be thrown out of car windows by careless and lazy drivers.

Drivers caught littering will be fined up to �80 as the council look to reinforce their stance on littering and their dedication to combat it.

The areas surrounding the A42 are notorious for getting strewn with litter and each year the council sends its clean-up teams to patrol the route and pick up the litter discarded by irresponsible drivers. The teams have been working early on Saturdays and Sundays since February, cleaning along the A42 in an attempt to tackle this litter problem and make the district cleaner.

John Richardson, Head of Community Services, said: “The work carried out by our cleaning crews is outstanding - the  distance they had to cover and the fact they are a small team makes this feat all the more impressive. What’s not impressive is the amount of litter they had to collect. 9 tonnes of ordinary litter is just unacceptable. For drivers to throw that much out of their cars is disgusting and I would urge every driver coming through our district to respect the landscape and to take your litter home with you.”