Northampton residents protest lack of litter strategy

Tom Appleyard (pictured far left) and Nick Phillips (pictured far right) organised the protest
Tom Appleyard (pictured far left) and Nick Phillips (pictured far right) organised the protest

Upset Northampton residents gathered outside All Saints Church on Saturday to protest what they see as a lack of a litter picking strategy in the town.

The demonstration, organised by Nick Phillips and Tom Appleyard, aimed to give residents a platform to show the leader of the borough council, Councillor Jonathan Nunn, that they were not prepared to put up with the mess they are living in.

Their message is simple, put your rubbish in a bin

Their message is simple, put your rubbish in a bin

Hundreds of Northampton residents have been litter picking the town to help deal with the widespread fly-tipping and rubbish dumping in Northampton, but they don't believe it solves what they see as an underlying problem: a lack of litter strategy.

"Really the problem is not rubbish, the problem is we don't have a plan to deal with the rubbish," said Mr Appleyard, 58, from Kingsthorpe.

"The only way to stop it is to stop it getting there in the first place.

"We need all the agencies - schools, business, shops - to be involved with it top to bottom, and that way we will get a plan."

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Between April 1 and July 31 this year, Northampton Borough Council’s neighbourhood warden team issued 94 fixed penalty notices for litter, waste and fly-tipping related offences, which the authority says is an increase in enforcement activity.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a major concern in the town and despite there not being a fly-tipping clearance service, this is costing taxpayers, on average £233.28 per incident to clear.

"We hope that the increased enforcement activity will not only help to improve the town environment but will also show culprits that this behaviour is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.

"Although the clearing and enforcement activities will continue, we encourage communities to assist us in this area.

"People can help by continuing to report instances of fly-tipping, challenging bad behaviour in their areas and setting a good example."