Litter, dog waste and general rubbish are a frequent topic of conversation on Clayhanger social media. Indeed, two Clangers have been in touch expressing concern over litter in and around Clayhanger.
My gut feeling is that, as a Council Tax payer, the hedge rows, area around the shops and the common and park should be kept clean by Walsall Council. Certainly, potentially hazardous materials need special handling and should be left to experts. Unfortunately, the reality is that budget cuts mean that this is not happening as frequently or as thoroughly as we may like.
So, I have e-mailed Clean and Green at Walsall Council to see what support they can offer if Clayhanger were to organise a community clean up:
“There has been a lot of discussion between Clayhanger residents on social media about litter, dog waste and general rubbish in and around the village. In fact two residents have contacted me directly to see if there is anything which can done about it.
There are a number of ‘hot spots’ in the village which also seem to be associated with anti-social behaviour and residents have been encouraged to report these via the appropriate Council numbers and Police.
I believe that there is a community clean up taking place in Brownhills on Saturday 5th March and I wondered if it would be possible to organise a similar, council supported event, in Clayhanger on Saturday 19th March. A ‘Clayhanger Community Spring Clean‘ if you like.
I shall use madwblog to gauge interest in such an event but would be most grateful if you could let me know what services and support the Council could offer alongside the goodwill of Clayhanger residents.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.”
There will be several considerations for such an event, not in the least: safety when picking up rubbish; appropriate protection and equipment and, perhaps most importantly, large enough numbers to make the event viable.
So now – deep breath – will you, residents of Clayhanger, take part in a
‘Clayhanger Community Spring Clean‘? Complete the poll!