Councillor dismayed as shelter becomes litter-strewn eyesore
A COUNCILLOR fed up with litter louts is backing the Derby Telegraph's Clean Up Derby campaign.
Phil Ingall, ward councillor for Chellaston, said he was appalled that youths, who use a shelter he helped to provide, are turning it into an eyesore.
The shelter, which is opposite Chellaston School and near a playground, is seemingly irresistible to litterbugs.
Mr Ingall said he wished the young people who used it would take some pride in it.
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He said: "The shelter has an awful lot of graffiti in it and is full of litter. It needs the children who use it to take strong ownership of it and look after it.
"If you pick up litter and clean up after yourself it makes life a lot easier. There is a bin right next to the shelter."
Mr Ingall also said he thought the Clean Up Derby campaign was a great idea and was happy to be backing it. He said: "I am so glad the Derby Telegraph came up with the idea. It's all about us taking a bit of responsibility and pride in our area.
"It doesn't take much to bag it and bin it."
Mr Ingall said one of his bugbears was fly-tipping.
He said: "Occasionally someone will offer to cut down a tree and take it away for a good price.
"But I always say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
"Most of the waste from these operations ends up in the canal behind the Bonnie Prince Charlie pub and it takes a lot of man hours to clean up such a mess. It's not as simple as sending a road-sweeper to deal with it."
Gill Jacks, from Chellaston, said she walks around with a carrier bag clearing up after the litterbugs of Chellaston.
But the shelter is a source of constant annoyance to her. Mrs Jacks said: "Chellaston used to be a lovely place to live. But now it's got some really litter-prone areas.
"The shelter opposite the school is used by kids on their lunch breaks and they leave litter there.
"But that isn't what bothers me the most. Nearly every morning the shelter is filled with empty vodka bottles and bits of glass.
"It got so bad I rang the council's litter line. They did go out and clean it up but only a few days later it was as bad as before.
"There's a bin right next to the shelter. I really think it needs to be taken down. It's either full of tins or drinks.
"It's not serving any useful purpose. It's horrible as it's right next to a play area and is full of empty alcohol bottles."