Litter problem is highlighted

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:00 20 November 2013

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley snapped these pictures of Weston rubbish on Sunday - and blames 'the slobs of society' for spoiling their neighbourhoods.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley snapped these pictures of Weston rubbish on Sunday - and blames 'the slobs of society' for spoiling their neighbourhoods.

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Piles of takeaway wrappers, empty beer cans and other rubbish were left uncollected on The Strand over the weekend to highlight Exmouth's burgeoning litter problem.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) ordered its StreetScene team not to clear the litter or empty the bins near the Indoor Market and the bus lay-by.

EDDC is working with environment charity Keep Britain Tidy on a national anti-litter campaign.

The Strand plays a strong part in Exmouth’s night-time economy – but it also attracts a lot of litter.

It follows a recent BBC report on the mounting problem – and cost – of litter on our streets.

The theme of the campaign is “When it comes to litter, which side of the fence are you on?”.

EDDC is the only council in the South West taking part in this national campaign.

A council spokesman said: “We are highlighting the high price everyone pays to clean up the litter that people drop on our streets, in our parks and on our beaches every year.

“StreetScene (did not clear) litter or empty bins on one corner of The Strand… this is so people can see just how big the problem is and what happens if we don’t pick up after those people who think it’s OK to drop their rubbish on the floor.”

StreetScene were back on Monday cleaning up as usual.

Keep Britain Tidy researchers are conducting short surveys in The Strand this week and again in December and in February.

There will be an ongoing campaign to keep this issue in the public eye.

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