We have fought long and hard for the regeneration of our high street in Bedlington, but regeneration is not just about bricks and mortar and the economy.
What is also important is our values and attitudes towards the cleanliness of the town centre and surrounding areas, and we want to pass these values onto the next generation so let’s make a difference.
Many of us are fed up with all the litter and dog dirt strewn around Bedlington.
The main street, the parks and pavements are covered in plastic bags, drink cans and bottles and general litter, not to mention enough cigarette ends to start a factory.
Careless dog owners not only leave the dirt lying where dropped, but many more have taken to putting the dirt into bags and leaving the bags where dropped, knowing full well that these bags will not break down, but sit forever on the path or in the parks.
Why can’t they take the dirt home to their bin if there is no council bin handy?
It would be good if business premises like pubs and betting shops would take on the responsibility of clearing up the mess customers can leave outside their premises if they are not willing to provide bins for cigarette ends and plastic glasses.
Anyway, enough of that, I am sure you have all read letters about this in the past.
Some of us who take pride in the town and have had enough of it all have decided to get together once a month to do a litter pick in the areas where it is most needed.
The council has proved hi-vis jackets, gloves, grabbers and bin bags to help us in our task.
We will meet on the third Monday night of every month, at 6pm, at the Community Centre on the main street.
The next litter pick will be on June 20 when we will clean the main street.
It is not enough to keep moaning about this problem, which will not go away. We all need to do something about it.
If you care about the state of the town and are able, then please join us. I look forward to meeting you all on June 20.