Market traders strike back in litterbug row

Bags of rubbish which have been sat for some time outside Ladbrokes in St Johns Square
Bags of rubbish which have been sat for some time outside Ladbrokes in St Johns Square

MARKET traders have hit back at town leaders who suggested they had turned a town high street into a “litter-strewn wasteland”.

Berkhamsted Town Council wrote to Berkhamsted Market Fund to complain about mess left behind after Saturday markets.

But its secretary Ian Hall replied that the mess is down to Dacorum Borough Council’s abolition of the emptying of the town’s High Street bins at weekends.

Bins were “overflowing” before traders even got there, he said.

In a town council meeting on Monday, councillor Peter Matthews said: “On Sunday morning [the High Street] looks like a litter-strewn wasteland.”

Town councillors agreed to write to the borough council to ask when they would receive new the new High Street bins that they had been promised.

Luisa Clarke, borough council spokesman, said it is on the case.