Bicester estate is target of anniversary litter blitz

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A litter blitz of an estate in Bicester will take place next week to mark the tenth anniversary of the scheme.

Kings End estate will be the target of the clean up by members of Cherwell District Council’s green team between Monday, January 18 and Friday, January 22.

It will be the first litter blitz of the new year.

Cllr Debbie Pickford, CDC councillor for clean and green, said: “The new year signals a new start and we want to start as we mean to go on by promoting a cleaner, greener district.

“Since we first launched the blitz initiative ten years ago we have removed hundreds of tonnes of rubbish by hand and through the use of sweepers.

“However, it seems that even after 10 years our services are still needed as people continue to litter, graffiti and spoil the environment for others.

“We know lots of people take pride in where they live but there are still the odd few who ruin things for so many.

“For our tenth year it would be great if we could finally get everybody to take responsibility for their actions.

“Many hands make light work and we’re not asking people to do anything extraordinary; all we ask is that each person clear up after themselves and their pet to keep the district gleaming for everyone.”

The blitz initiative was first introduced in 2006 and in recent years an average of six blitzes have taken place each year, weather permitting.

These have taken place across the most populated parts of the district, with an average of ten tonnes of rubbish cleared each time.

Among the targets for officers are litter, dog mess and graffiti as well as flytips and abandoned vehicles. During the week residents will be encouraged to get involved by signing up for free bulky waste collections for up to three large pieces of furniture or white goods, saving £16 on the usual price.

Collections will take place on the following Monday, January 25 and can only be booked between January 18 and 22.

Elsewhere members of the green team will host a free recycling roadshow at Shakespeare Drive shops on Friday, January 22, from 3pm to 5pm.

Residents will be able to get advice on waste, recycling and energy and pick up free items including kitchen caddies and dog poo bags.

They will also be able to purchase food caddy liners on a buy-one-get-one-free basis and discounted blue and/or brown recycling bins on sale for £10 each – saving up to £8 on the usual price.

The blitz will be supported by Bicester Green Gym who will invite residents to support them in a spring clean of the area on Tuesday, January 19 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Bea Foster, Bicester Green Gym secretary, said the group would be focusing on the field at the bottom of George Street.

She said: “There are no bins there and people come out from town nibbling on something and then drop the rubbish on the street. They don’t have the discipline to take it home with them and then rubbish breeds more rubbish. Keeping it clean makes people think twice.

“Litter picking is quite productive – it is satisfying to see the area before and after.”

She added anyone who wanted to take part could come along and they would be able to provide litter pickers and gloves.

For more information on the blitz or to register for a free bulky waste collection visit www.cherwell.gov.uk/blitz
The litter blitz scheme was first launched in Kidlington in 2006.