Kenton’s councillors have launched a local campaign with residents and community groups with the aim of keeping Kenton clean and tidy.
The campaign is to be launched through a community litter pick at a ”rubbish hot-spot” – the area at the far side of the A1 footbridge back of Kingston Park Tesco’s store. Tesco’s and Kenton Park Sports Centre are to provide litter pickers, industrial gloves and bags to help with the resident litter pick.
Despite additional £1.2mn Newcastle council funding and the efforts of ”community-minded” local volunteers the litter and fly-tipping problem still ”persists” in various ‘hot-spots” across the Kenton ward.
“Doing nothing is not an option”
Kenton’s Ged Bell said:
”We’re starting a ward-wide campaign to say enough is enough and try to change the way a minority of people use open space in our neighbourhood. Our campaign has one main aim: to find sustainable and effective solutions to the litter and fly-tipping problem.”
”Of-course that’s easy to say and hard to achieve. Doing nothing is not an option. In reality, changing the behaviour of the small minority of people who pass through littering is the only answer.
”There are scores of community-spirited residents who pick up and dispose of litter reponsibly . In the short term, this is great, but it’s also a bit like mopping-up while the taps are still running …… the litter just keeps coming back. Our campaign is about turning the taps off.”
Kenton residents are being asked to join the litter pick at 10,30am February 11 2023 at the junction of Piper Court/Hazeldene Ave, rear of Kenton Bar estate.