100 bags of litter collected in Portsmouth clean-up

TIDYING UP From left, Portsmouth City Council's street scene services enforcement officer Robert Christie, Jane Singh and Jean Barrow from the Tourist Information Centre, Ibis Hotel manager Benoit Heusquin, and Thierry Rosito from the Ibis Hotel, with bags of rubbish collected from The Hard in Portsmouth.      Picture: Allan Hutchings (111210-518)
TIDYING UP From left, Portsmouth City Council's street scene services enforcement officer Robert Christie, Jane Singh and Jean Barrow from the Tourist Information Centre, Ibis Hotel manager Benoit Heusquin, and Thierry Rosito from the Ibis Hotel, with bags of rubbish collected from The Hard in Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (111210-518)
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FROM plastic wrappers to bottles, household waste to tyres – this was some of the rubbish collected by hotel volunteers during a clean-up of Portsmouth.

In just two hours up to 100 bags of junk were collected from five litter hot spots around the city as part of the Big Clean-Up.

The event was put together by the Greater Portsmouth Hoteliers’ Association, who decided to clean up the city in time for tourists and the Royal wedding.

A team of about 25 people tackled Western Road, near Cosham railway station, Ferry Road, in Eastney, Eastern Road, Southsea Common and seafront and the foreshore at The Hard.

BJ Schreuder, chairman of the Hoteliers’ Association, headed the collection in Ferry Road – and collected 20 bags of rubbish.

He said: ‘There was a lot of plastic rubbish and a lot of fly-tipping.

‘It looked like people were getting their household waste and just dumping it there.

‘It’s ridiculous because it makes the area look so messy.

‘But after we had finished the area was a lot tidier.

‘I’m pleased with the turnout we had and the amount of rubbish collected.’

Staff from the Hilton, Holiday Inn Portsmouth and Fareham, Etap, Marriott Meon Valley, Premier Inn Port Solent, Ibis, Langstone, Lysses Hotel Fareham, Solent Hotel, and the Marriott Portsmouth, all took part.

They were joined by Highbury College, South Downs College and Portsmouth City Council – providing more than 100 volunteers.

Peter Botterill, general manager of the Marriott hotel in Meon Valley, helped clear up Western Road.

He said: ‘The clean-up was successful – we had a great turnout and collected loads of rubbish.

‘Among the usual rubbish we found a bike, a suitcase, a car silencer and a tyre.

‘It’s a shame people dump rubbish.

‘Once you clear these areas up you can see how beautiful things look.

‘No-one likes looking at rubbish and generally when things are clean people don’t dump things.’