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Pangbourne Litter Pickers

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Participants from Pangbourne and surrounding area who contribute to an annual Spring Clean tidy up of river meadows, hedgerows and footpaths. Supported in particular by Pangbourne Parish Council and Pangbourne & Whitchurch Sustainability Group.

Pangbourne Litter Pickers
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Stop the Drop

Come along between 10 am and 1pm to the Recreation Ground Car Park, off Thames Avenue, for bags, gloves, litter pickers and instructions. Plenty of opportunity to clean up different parts of the villa...

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We found about 250 bags in the undergrowth along Leafy Lane, over 100 in one location behind a dry stone wall and so on - a total of around 700 bags altogether. I was walking down my road with a bin bag of bagged dog crap over each shoulder when a neighbour stopped me and asked what I had in the bags! Since that time he and his wife have been inveterate litter pickers. The bagged dog crap problem continues. I have picked up about 30 in various locations over the past couple of weeks (this statement will be approximately true whenever you are reading this!). I used to think that this was just one halfwit on the loose, but it appears that this extraordinary behaviour is common practice. I believe (and I have written to Wilts CC about this) that the socially-acceptable practice of bagging dog crap, binning it and dumping it into landfill is an aberration. We have programmes on TV where ologists of various kinds look at ancient middens to find out how people lived. 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It seems that they want theoretical 'possession' of the bin without ever using it! Anyway my bin-bag was stuffed into the bin; the bin was emptied by the council the next morning and I stuffed a further bag of rubbish into it later that day. It is odd that no account is taken of rubbish lying in the street but clearance of that same rubbish invokes local disapproval! Another anecdote - for many years, on Sunday mornings when out walking the dog, I would find an empty bottle of South African white wine (always South African) and an empty (70cl) bottle of vodka tightly knotted into a Tesco's plastic bag in the lay-by in White Ennox Lane. What a wild time they must have had and what an interesting drive home. The bizarre things you find when out collecting rubbish! Today, 25 Nov 2012, it was the 'Bath & Wells Diocesan News', No 264, December 1980 (see pic)! This was by the bus stop at the top of Box Hill. I can imagine the Bishop of Bath & Wells waiting for the bus in his vestments with his mitre and crosier (or is that Catholic bishops?) and unfortunately dropping his News on boarding the bus. One of the News items was the 1980 General Synod at which a major issue would be the ordination of women! Now, thirty-two years on, the Synod has been voting on women bishops. What a slow-moving organization the C of E is! By the way, the 20,000 or so bags picked up is an estimate, but probably a conservative one. My weekly pick-up is about 8 bags - 8x52x32(years) is about 13,000. I am, no doubt, doing a great disservice to the rest of the Mob in estimating their input as only 7,000 bags - watch out for the update. The following table started in 2012, which I will try to update regularly, gives an idea of the scale of the 'problem'. 1 Jan 2012 B3109, Skynet Drive, field edge 4+ bags + mattress – called Wilts CC 2 Jan 2012 Leafy Lane, woods and playing fields 5 bags 3 Jan 2012 Boxfields Road, Box Hill Common 3 bags + fly tip – called Wilts CC 4 Jan 2012 Quarry Hill 3 bags + bagged dog crap (BDC) 5 Jan 2012 B3109, A4 to Hare & Hounds 5 bags + BDC (7 bags) 6 Jan 2012 Leafy Lane & A4 towards Corsham 5 bags 7 Jan 2012 B3109, Skynet Drive, Park Lane 4 bags + BDC 8 Jan 2012 A4 towards Box 2 bags 9 Jan 2012 B3109 & A4 towards Corsham 4 bags 12 Jan ‘12 Boxfields Road 1 bag + small fly tip – called Wilts CC 16 Jan ‘12 B3109 & A4 towards Corsham 4 bags 17 Jan ‘12 B3109, Skynet Drive, The Carriage Drive, Pound Mead 7 bags 23 Jan '12 B3109 & A4 towards Corsham 3 bags + BDC 24 Jan '12 B3109 & A4 towards Corsham 2 bags 28 Jan '12 Leafy Lane & B3109 from small Fiveways towards Corsham 1 bag 7 Feb 2012 B3109 and A4 towards Corsham 1 bag 8 Feb 2012 Leafy Lane and woodland 2 bags 12 Feb '12 A4 towards Box 4 bags 13 Feb '12 Rudloe Firs and A4 towards Corsham 10 bags (and still stuff remaining) 13 Feb '12 (later) B3109 2 bags 21 Feb '12 B3109 1 bag 23 Feb '12 B3109, Leafy Lane, Leafy Lane Playing Fields 14 bags Okay, I guess you get the picture so with one month being very much like another I will discontinue the diary. This is a week-on-week, year-on-year occupation. The last pick-up listed above is instructive though - let me elaborate .. Leafy Lane Playing Fields is a 20 acre site at the south-eastern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Its users include football clubs, cricket clubs etc but the principal user is AFC Corsham who do an outstanding job in providing opportunities for young people to play football. AFC Corsham runs 15 teams for youngsters between the ages of around 5 to 15/16. You can imagine therefore the number of youngsters provided for and the scores of parents who ferry their charges back and forth from home to ground and back. All fine BUT it appears that not one of the committee, managers and coaches, parents or others gives a hoot about the enormous piles of litter which are left to accumulate week after week. Rather than an AONB, Leafy Lane Playing Fields resembles a rubbish tip. 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