| May 21, 2017: Having served as Mayor of Hatherleigh for a year now and being a Town Councillor for a number of years I’m well aware that kind spirited individuals pick up litter and weeds around town, the question is - is it enough? A similar concern was raised by a resident at the recent Annual Parish Meeting requesting that some areas around town need attention and give a poor impression of the town to visitors.
The problem of litter for instance can seem a bit relentless and it can feel that no one else is bothering. The perception of acting alone can be demoralising against what seems a tide of people too busy to stop and give 5 minutes of care.
This is a difficult thing to address – who should put in the effort? Mr Moorcroft and Mr Cole do a tremendous amount and their efforts are rewarded with payment but unfortunately their time cannot cover everything that needs attending to.
We have relied in the past on County and Borough Council’s for weed killing, street sweeping, and other maintenance tasks but sadly with their diminishing finances they are increasingly only giving attention to high risk issues.
Your Town Councillors are volunteers who already commit a large amount of their spare time to Council duties and their positions on other town committees and groups.
So how do we as a community address the issue of keeping our lovely town to a standard we can all be proud of and halt the gradual drip, drip of future depreciation?
This is therefore an appeal to all residents in the community old and new who may have the time to step forward to contribute by way of small spontaneous acts to help tidy areas you feel might need attention – many hands make light work!
Treat the area outside your home as if it were your own;
Adopting certain areas in town to keep tidy on a regular basis;
Spontaneous acts of ‘guerrilla’ gardening to brighten up a neglected area;
Start a community ‘keep it tidy’ group.
If you are contributing your time already then I thank you on behalf of all those that care. If you would like to contribute your time then please go ahead. If you would instead like to commit to being part of some form of group then send your contact details to the Town Council clerk stating what and where you can offer help.
Thank you, Clare Tyson, Mayor of Hatherleigh