Newark litter: Huge response to Mayor's crusade
11:32am Mon Oct 31, 2016
Mayor of Newark, Dean Hyde (centre), with volunteers who helped him pick up litter in the town, on Sunday.
Mayor of Newark, Dean Hyde (centre), with volunteers who helped him pick up litter in the town, on Sunday.
More than 140 people have volunteered to help with litter picking in Newark following an article in the Advertiser about the problem.
They have answered a call from the Mayor of Newark, Mr Dean Hyde, to help him and the Mayoress Louise Sledmore who spend several hours on a Sunday picking up rubbish. Mr Hyde also litter picks in the town centre twice a day - on his commute to and from work.

Mr Hyde said that he had been amazed at the response to his "Bin there, dump that" campaign. He said he was particularly pleased that so many youngsters had become involved.

"We need to start thinking of Newark as a tourist destination and we need to ensure the place looks good," he said.

Barbara Kramer and Terry Wilshin of Lincoln Road, Newark, who moved to the town three years ago, are among those who have become volunteer litter pickers.

"We have always said how lovely the town is apart from the rubbish," said Barbara. "So when we saw the article in the Advertiser we felt it was time to do something about it."

'I don't want it full of rubbish'

Mr John Miles of Cartergate, Newark, has been regularly clearing up the area around his home and goes out two or three times a day to clean up the mess.

"Cartergate is like my garden so I don't want it full of rubbish," he said.

The chairman of Newark Sea Cadets, Mr Dave Poyser, said they had been keen to help especially as the mayor is the honorary president of the unit and a former sea cadet.

"This is something that we really want to be involved in," he said.

The 7th Newark Scouts have also promised to help. Group Scout Leader Mr Tom Cragg said it was part of their badge work to be involved in the local community and so they were pleased to help clear up the area near their Scout hall.

"We want to get a regular rota going so we can make a difference," he said.

Mr Hyde is still keen to get even more volunteers who are willing to help start changing their area. Anybody interested in helping can contact the town council on 01636 680333.

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