Keep Taunton Tidy 22 June 2017

Taunton Deane Borough Council is teaming up with the County Gazette to tackle the problem of litter and encourage pride in the borough.

The initiative is being launched to coincide with the Council’s new responsive website which will make it easier for people to report a problem.

We hope the campaign will see bad habits and carelessness replaced by positive attitudes to rubbish and a real sense of public responsibility.

We hear much about the problems caused by litter around Taunton Deane – from dog waste to graffiti and take-away packaging.

Yet we don’t often hear about the efforts of Council staff and the army of volunteers to clear it up, and we don’t hear much about how we can prevent the problem in the first place.

So – starting today (22 June 2017) Taunton Deane Borough Council and this newspaper aim to educate, inform and empower people so that together we can transform our towns and villages, roadsides and open spaces for good.

There will be regular features giving an insight into the various Council initiatives and services that help to keep Taunton Deane clean and tidy.

Councillor Patrick Berry, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services, said: “The Council works hard to ensure the town looks its best all year round through the services it provides. We hope this campaign will make it easier for people to recognise the issues, what we can do, and how they can help. Together we can make a difference.”

To report litter simply go to the Report It page on the new website https://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/report-it/ .