Volunteers shocked by amount of litter

Eight volunteers from the Wilmslow Clean Team met at The Parish Hall on Wednesday, 7th February. and spread out to cover The Carrs and the surrounding area.

Some volunteers also went as far as the A34 bypass on the Bollin Link road and drove across to tackle Prestbury Road. Seventeen bags of litter were collected.

On Saturday morning, despite dreadful weather, seven volunteers met in the Honey Bee car park and removed 18 bags of litter from Altrincham Road and part of Morley Green Road.

A spokesperson for the group said "Altrincham Road from the airport tunnels into Wilmslow is notoriously bad for litter. It seems to be getting worse though. It is one of the locations that we visit twice as often as the others – and so our volunteers do a thorough tidy up of this road every 3 months. The amount of litter which had accumulated in the last 3 months was shocking. Either people are littering more or Cheshire East council are cleaning up less. This is something which we can investigate further.

"The whole of this area was really badly littered. It could be down to one individual or perhaps lots of people waiting for their buses. A bin is definitely required at this bus stop. Again, this is something which we can propose to Cheshire East."

Therefore a total haul of 35 bags of rubbish were collected during this months organised litter picks, along with some recyclables. This is in addition to all the solo litter picks that the volunteers do on a regular basis.

Photo: Some of the volunteers enjoying a well deserved break.

Wilmslow Clean Team


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Deleted Account
Monday 12th February 2018 at 8:43 pm
Well done Wilmslow Clean Team,

Last year Barry Burkhill our ward councillor got Cheshire East to litter pick the A34.

They did a wonderful job but sadly it is now almost as bad as it was before.

If you see it happening (as we have seen here in Summerfields Village) then assuming it's not unclean litter, hand it back !

Bit hard though if it's coming out of a window from a passing car on the A34.

I am not sure what the solution to the problem is. Any ideas ?
Julian Barlow
Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 8:29 am
What an excellent job from a group of dedicated people. It just goes to prove that any worthwhile improvements to where we live come from the general public and not from our "no can do" council.
Julian Barlow
Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 9:35 am
What an excellent job from a group of dedicated people. It just goes to prove that any worthwhile improvements to where we live come from the general public and not from our "no can do" council.
John Clegg
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 11:25 am
Plogging! It's a new craze. NB I've been doing it for a few years now, and it slows my training runs. http://bit.ly/2CmM4aF
Plastic bottles, glass bottles, tins, crisp packets, dog-poo bags left by supposedly responsible dog-owners (it's o.k. - I'm not targetting all dog-owners), anything that's likely to lie in verges and fields and not to decompose...I pick most of these up and dump in relevant bins where I can.

While there are initiatives to pick up 3 pieces of litter from our beaches, there's no focus on what is happening closer to home.

Mind you, most people who think it's o.k. to just dump stuff won't be reading this, or paying it any heed.
Deleted Account
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 6:58 pm
Hello John Clegg,

Credit where credit is due, Emerson keep the Sumnerfields Village
(including the area around the parade of small local shops ) very clean & very tidy.

The same equally applies to the communal gardens on Village Court & on Village Mews behind the shoping parade. The gardeners arrive every Monday in the season and keep the place looking immaculate.

However, litter wise Enerson can only venture within the confines of this 'mixed use' and residential area - they can't cover all Dean Row.

So sadly anything that gets chucked to the east of Ringstead Drive has to stay there for residents to remove , unless it blows back & Emerson do it.

If John, you fancy a training run to Ringstead Drive Summerfields Village to do some litter picking, then don't hold back !


Martin Kitchin

Summerfields Village Residents