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DT1: Dorchester's town crier recognised for street litter work
THE man with the most powerful voice in Dorchester has been recognised for a decade of commitment to keeping the county town’s streets clean.
Town crier Alistair Chisholm is the latest litter picker to be celebrated by the Dorchester Stop The Drop campaign team for his efforts in clearing the town centre of rubbish.
The recently crowned national champion of town criers has been picking up other people’s litter on a regular basis for the last ten years or more in the belief that if people see the efforts he is making, they will be encouraged to do the same or not drop litter in the first place.
Mr Chisholm, a keen promoter of the county town, says that there is anti-litter legislation in place that could deal with those dropping their rubbish but its lack of enforcement means it is pointless.
He said: “What is the point of such laws if the local authority and police do nothing about the litter on our streets and pavements?
“Dorchester deserves care and attention as an historic jewel within the county that attracts many thousands each year and littering should be treated as the anti-social behaviour it is and the force of law applied.”
Mr Chisholm added that he would like to see the law enforced with fixed penalty notices issued to offenders.
He said publicising this would soon spread the word and we would see a lot less litter on the town’s streets and pavements.
As a thank you for Mr Chisholm’s tireless efforts in keeping the town tidy, treasurer of the Dorchester Stop The Drop anti-litter campaign group Felicity McLaren presented him with a purpose-made litter picker and bag hoop to enable him to carry out his work more efficiently.
The Dorchester Stop The Drop group is keen to hear from people with their views about litter in the town and anyone who wants to support its campaign.
Contact Dorchester Town Council on 01305 266861 or email admin@dorchestertc.
gov.uk and your name and phone number will be passed on to the group.
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