The council still has to meet standards cleaning the town

TIDY CAMPAIGNER Graham Smith from Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction
TIDY CAMPAIGNER Graham Smith from Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction

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GOSPORT Borough Council does quite a good job of keeping high profile routes, such as High Street and Stoke Road clean, as they are cleaned on a regular basis.

On Sunday during our organised town clean-up some of our volunteers reported that they had seen the contractor litter picking in Stoke Road earlier in the day – obviously because the council had been notified of our community clean-up.

We still found hundreds of cigarette butts though as these are left behind.

The point is that the side roads were filthy and even though they informed Caroline Phipps that her alley is cleaned up on a rota (probably four-weekly) they still have to meet national standards all the time.

A contractor should have been sent out the same day.

It is all very well spending taxpayers’ money cleaning up after litter louts.

But our local environment can still be spoilt if shops etc are not keeping their own areas clean.

Pubs and betting shops are also not cleaning up their customers’ butts too and Gosport’s council tolerates this unless residents complain directly.

Streetscene are only ever responding to problems.

And recently I reported the rubbish in Lee Infant School car park to the council.

They said I should report it to Hampshire County Council.

I asked them to do this on my behalf.

Lastly, Cllr June Cully is well known and respected for her practical action in dealing with litter in her Town Ward.