The litter problem in Haverhill has been described as ‘appalling’ by a borough councillor who gave up his time to join a litter pick in the town.
Cllr Tim Marks lambasted the state of the town’s streets after the litter pick - which also involved Haverhill’s MP Matthew Hancock and Fiona Unwin, founder of the Newmarket-based Rubbish Friends group - and urged the community to do more to prevent littering.
The litter pickers cleared detritus from the layby on the A143 near Ann Suckling Road before heading up to the Hanchet village and Sainsbury’s area.
Cllr Marks said: “There’s going to have to be a much greater pull on the part of the community to get this street litter under control. It’s absolutely appalling.
“We walked up Haycock’s Road (towards Bergamot Road) and on the right hand side in those bushes there must be street drinkers up there every night, looking at the amount of bottles and cans that were there and that’s just one street in the town.
“It comes back to this business of the community assuming some responsibility for the environment that they live in.”
The litter pick was organised through Mr Hancock’s office and was inspired by his previous involvement with the Rubbish Friends, a group that for two years has gone out every Friday to clear litter from parts of west Suffolk.
The Haverhill branch of the West Suffolk Conservatives Group was subsequently invited to form its own Rubbish Friends group and hold a litter pick.
About 12 bags of litter, a table, chair and several bed springs were collected by the group, which also included Cllr Peter Stevens (St Edmundsbury cabinet member in charge of waste), Val and Ed Morton (Haverhill in Bloom) and three council waste department staff.