The first of April dawned clear in Chippenham, with littering, fly-tipping, and dog-fouling ceasing overnight. There is nary a Coke can, crisp packet, or cigarette butt to be seen, and residents are enjoying the sight of their community free of rubbish now that everyone has grasped the mechanics of how to properly dispose of litter in a bin. All of the money spent cleaning up after litterers will be re-directed to the NHS, and organisers of a local anti-litter group report that they will now dedicate their free time to a proper hobby.
Too much of an exaggeration, even for April Fools’ Day? While it is true that this is far from the reality on the ground, I live in hope that it will one day come to pass!
In the meantime, I just wanted to confirm that we will not be holding a Community Clean Up in April, but will be joining forces
with the Chippenham BID and other community groups to help out on the Big Avon Clean Up along the river on 13th May. I will post a confirmation of the time and exact location closer to the date, but it’s estimated it will start at 10:00am and we are likely to set up somewhere between the bridge and Monkton Park.
Between now and May there are still several ways you can get
involved with cleaning up Chippenham. Consider swinging by the SuperBin in Monkton Park
and use the litter-picking equipment stored in it–just drop me a line for information on how to open it. Or keep an eye on your local patch and record it on the “Where’s your patch?” map.