DIY litter scheme has been dumped

Councillor Dan Wood, second from right, with members of one of Dacorum Borough Council's Clean, Safe and Green teams.
Councillor Dan Wood, second from right, with members of one of Dacorum Borough Council's Clean, Safe and Green teams.

A SCHEME in Adeyfield where people took on the work of council staff by clearing litter and emptying bins collapsed due to lack of interest.

Under the initiative residents were to be given equipment to keep their neighbourhoods clear, freeing up the professionals to focus on tougher jobs like grass cutting and removing graffiti.

It was launched last summer by Councillor Dan Wood, who represents Adeyfield West, but failed to take off when only ‘a couple of people’ turned up.

“It is disappointing,” Mr Wood said.

“We went out and did our best. I had to give it a go. No-one had tried it before.

“I sent a letter to every resident. I did have a couple of people turn up – for that to work you need 60 or 70 people to turn up.

“People were supportive on the door but we just didn’t have enough physical manpower to make it possible.”

However, Mr Wood says he hopes to resurrect the scheme through another initiative called ‘Street Champions’, which is being organised by Adeyfield Neighbourhood Action Group.

Street Champions ‘invites people to show how much their local area, and community, means to them by encouraging neighbours and friends to look after their environment and get involved in community events such as litter picks, clean ups, planting sessions and street parties’.

So far 22 people have signed up and a launch project will take place on April 21, when the team will clear up Maylands Wood.

Mr Wood said: “We haven’t given up.”

To get involved contact neighbourhood.action@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 228305.