‘I’ve never seen Caistor so dirty ... we need you!’

Ready to go! Left Rick Merrall, Lewis King, Jacquie Hughes, Sharon Apps, Shelley Barker, Deb Barker, Trish Emerson, Andy Emerson and Mike Galligan. (Lin)
Ready to go! Left Rick Merrall, Lewis King, Jacquie Hughes, Sharon Apps, Shelley Barker, Deb Barker, Trish Emerson, Andy Emerson and Mike Galligan. (Lin)
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A rallying call to Caistor residents has been made by town councillors and members of the In Bloom group to help with tidy up events.

On Saturday the In Bloom group held another tidy up event in the town to clear litter from the streets.

But Mayor John Burns-Salmond said that it’s the same faces week in week out that help at these events and Caistor In Bloom’s Deborah Barker told town councillors last week that “I have never seen Caistor so dirty.”

Councillors agreed that the snowfall and constant gritting had not helped the situation.

Town and district councillor Alan Caine will now approach West Lindsey District Council to try and recruit a road sweeper to focus on Caistor.

But he said that clearing up the rubbish was only part of the problem, and stopping people dropping litter in the first place was the aim.

He added: “The real 
problem is the people dropping the litter.

“It’s anti-social behaviour and if we could just catch these people dropping the plastic cups and the lottery tickets around the town we would not need as many clean ups.”

“Getting WLDC’s sweeper over here is high on my agenda but it’s about stopping the littering in the first place. It’s about education.”

Coun Julia Savage questioned whether penalties could be issued to those caught littering as enforcement teams in Grimsby fine people for such offences.

Coun Caine will raise the matter with the district authority.

Caistor councillors have also discussed the possibility of buying a road sweeper for the town, but Coun Michael Stopper said he felt they should explore getting WLDC to sweep the streets before spending anyone money.

“It is their responsibility after all,” he added.

Coun John Burns-Salmond added: “We also need to do a recruitment drive to get people on-board.

“I see the same people doing the same jobs week in week out.

“We want a clean Caistor.”

Speaking after Saturday’s tidy-up Deborah Barker said: “We would like some more volunteers.

“We do it because we want the town to be clean and tidy.

“We do it all throughout the year, it matters not if there is a competition.

“Caistor gets a bit untidy at times and we have to keep on top of it.”