Hatfield litter pickers blitz their neighbourhoods

PUBLISHED: 14:52 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 30 April 2018

Councillor Duncan Bell and the Inclusion Project helpers at Green Lanes, Hatfield. 
Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

Councillor Duncan Bell and the Inclusion Project helpers at Green Lanes, Hatfield. Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

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Big strides are being made in the fight against litter by the Clean Up Hatfield campaigners and everyone they are working with.

An underpass in Hatfield after a litter pick by Hatfield Galleria staff.
Picture: Supplied by Clean Up HatfieldAn underpass in Hatfield after a litter pick by Hatfield Galleria staff. Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

More people than ever before joined in with litter picks in their areas this spring and one group even sparked a false alarm for flytipping.

As part of the Clean Up Hatfield litter picks, councillor John Fitzpatrick was leading a large team yesterday morning in the woods in Hazel Grove when all of a sudden the police arrived.

Officers had received a report from a member of the public who mistook the litter pickers for flytippers.

Marian Hurle, who runs Clean Up Hatfield with Cathy Roe, said: “There were sirens blaring.

An underpass in Hatfield before a litter pick by Galleria staff.
Picture: Supplied by Clean Up HatfieldAn underpass in Hatfield before a litter pick by Galleria staff. Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

“Luckily John was able to explain what they were doing.

“At the woods there was a massive amount of flytipping, including fridge freezers.”

More organisations than ever have been getting involved with Clean Up Hatfield with the Galleria taking the lead and doing daily litter picks all around the boundary of the shopping complex.

The staff filled a 1,100 litre container with the litter picked up.

Photo opportunity: Photos are taken of councillor Duncan Bell with the Inclusion Project helpers.
Picture: Supplied by Clean Up HatfieldPhoto opportunity: Photos are taken of councillor Duncan Bell with the Inclusion Project helpers. Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

Staff from Hatfield Library and Affinity Water, and several churches have also been getting stuck in.

The staff from Hatfield Town Council took part this time and carried out the first litter pick in the Birchwood area.

Organisers Marian and Cathy said jointly: “We are so grateful to everyone who has come out and helped this spring.

“Overall the amount of litter is starting to reduce in areas that we clear, but there is still so much to do.”

The 1,100 litre container which the Galleria staff filled with rubbish.
Picture: Supplied by Clean Up HatfieldThe 1,100 litre container which the Galleria staff filled with rubbish. Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

They added: “It is really heartening to have so many local schools and the university getting involved now, as this is the key to preventing littering in the future.”

Five Hatfield schools were out litter picking last week with De Havilland and the Ryde schools joining in for the first time. Teacher Lucy Sanders from De Havilland School said: “Day one has been very successful with four bags brimming full of rubbish.

“The children absolutely loved it and the parents were just as enthusiastic.”

Marian and Cathy gave “top marks” to councillor Duncan Bell who once again led two days of litter picks around the Green Lanes area.

The Hatfield Town Council team ready to start on Birchwood.
Picture: Supplied by Clean Up HatfieldThe Hatfield Town Council team ready to start on Birchwood. Picture: Supplied by Clean Up Hatfield

He said:“ All went well and we collected about 25 bags of litter.

“I was greatly impressed by the enthusiasm of the young people from the Inclusion Project”

Other organisations who have been involved are the YMCA, Sustrans and WelHat Cycling and several other councillors.


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