Planters placed on fly-tipping hotspot in Northampton town centre in bid to stop people dumping rubbish illegally

They are filled with herbs for anyone to take and two neighbours have agreed to look after them

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:10 pm

Two planters have been placed on a spot described as the worst in Northampton town centre for fly-tipping in the hope of deterring people from illegally dumping rubbish.

The large wooden boxes filled with herbs for anyone to take have been put on Queens Road at the junction with Clare Street thanks to two Labour councillors.

West Northamptonshire Council's Enam Haque and Danielle Stone bought the planters from their councillor community funds, having had success in other areas of the town.

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West Northamptonshire councillor Jawal Alwahabi (far left), Northampton Town councillor Fartun Ismail (centre) and two of the neighbours with the new planters on Queens Road, Northampton
West Northamptonshire councillor Jawal Alwahabi (far left), Northampton Town councillor Fartun Ismail (centre) and two of the neighbours with the new planters on Queens Road, Northampton

Councillor Stone said: “We are working to improve the environment. The people of Queens Road deserve better than waking up to piles of dumped rubbish.”

The councillors worked with Northampton charity Workbridge, which helps people with mental illness, learning disabilities or brain injuries, to install the planters.

Councillor Stone, who represents Castle ward, said the trick is finding neighbours who are prepared to look after the planters and fortunately they found two willing couples.

One told her that was sometimes so much rubbish left on the pavement that she would have to go into the road with her pushchair as she could not get past.

They have previously put planters on build-outs in Dunster Street and Victoria Road and believed Queens Road would be the perfect place for some more.

Councillor Stone said: "We're really pleased as in Dunster Street it's worked as it's stopped the fly-tipping on that build-out and in Victoria Road so we're really hoping it works on Queens Road as well.

"That street was one of the worst in the whole of Castle ward - it was awful."

The next place the councillors will be putting planters will be outside The Lab creative community hub on the crossroads of Charles Street and Earl Street.