Litter picking volunteers praised by MP

SLEAFORD and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips has raised the issue of volunteers needing to keep their local area tidy and free of litter.

The town now has teams of volunteers regularly litter picking along the banks of the River Slea and Lollycocks Field, something also done by award-winning villagers in South Kyme as well as Sleaford In Bloom.

Mr Phillips raised the issue of littering in a debate last Wednesday in the House of Commons referring to Patricia Prosser, nominated as villager of the year for regular litter-picking in her village in Bedfordshire.

Mr Phillips said: “The simple fact is that Mrs Prosser and others should not have to undertake such activities.” But while they do have to, he led others including a Defra minister in congratulating her and all those in his own constituency who clear litter.

Speaking afterwards he added: “Litter is a problem that plagues our towns and countryside, whether it is on road verges or in parks, and we too often overlook the good work of those who volunteer their time to pick it up and help take care of the natural environment. I also welcome the (Defra) minister’s encouragement of local authorities to tackle this issue.”