Resident's plea over litter in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Kristina McElhinney with some of the rubbish Kristina McElhinney with some of the rubbish

A retired businesswoman is demanding action to clean up the litter blighting the lives of residents.

Kristina McElhinney is demanding council staff clean the area around her home on foot, not just by using motorised street sweepers.

She said people dump waste between Asda and Wardcliffe Road because there are so few bins.

“It’s an eyesore and a trail of litter,” said the 57-year-old. “It’s hardly conducive to the image of a seaside resort.

“If all the side roads are like this what does that say about the place?

“It’s such a lovely area so it’s a shame it’s blighted this way.

“It would be nice if Asda put bins out but it’s not their fault.

“People can’t be bothered to take the rubbish home. You can’t blame the tourists because it happens all year round.”

The Echo walked the 300 yards from Asda to her home. We examined one side of the road, pavement and bushes and found: 14 empty drinks cans, nine cigarette packets, four broken bottles and 70 other sizeable bits of rubbish – plastic bottles, crisp packets, plastic bags and similar objects.

Other people we met on the route agreed there was a problem.

Craig Hillier, 46, from Westham, a cleaner, said: “It’s quite unpleasant. Part of the problem is people just come out of Asda and throw it on the floor.

“It’s like this every day.”

Chris Randall, 36, a blacksmith on Newstead Road, gestured to a pile of rubbish near his business and said: “That’s out of order, having to look at that. Where is the nearest bin? The council are rubbish at clearing up.”

David Bowyer, Weymouth and Portland Council’s waste and recycling services manager, yesterday said Wardcliffe Road itself was clean but he had not examined the area closer to Asda.

He said: “Litter bins probably wouldn’t be a great beneift because there’s a number of places where we physically can’t put one in without causing a constriction.

“Newstead Road is swept more frequently than Wardcliffe Road and the sweepers have an extra man on board so they can get out and brush any rubbish into the path of the machine.

“But I will take the residents’ comments on board and have a look and see what we can do.”

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1:50pm Wed 2 Sep 09

boxfile says...

“But I will take the residents’ comments on board and have a look and see what we can do.”
What you can do is earn your money and clean it up. That's what we pay you to do. Simple Solution.
Security word: deny-lead

“But I will take the residents’ comments on board and have a look and see what we can do.” What you can do is earn your money and clean it up. That's what we pay you to do. Simple Solution. Security word: deny-lead boxfile

1:54pm Wed 2 Sep 09

bungy says...

We all should take our rubbish home or at least take some pride in our on street, what does get me is the extra man gets out to sweep off, can't say i have seen that to often, seems rooted to the seat
We all should take our rubbish home or at least take some pride in our on street, what does get me is the extra man gets out to sweep off, can't say i have seen that to often, seems rooted to the seat bungy

3:19pm Wed 2 Sep 09

CoogarUK.com says...

Any action should be aimed at the people who drop the litter.
Any action should be aimed at the people who drop the litter. CoogarUK.com

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