Noticed anything different about Witney today?
Have you spotted anything different about Witney this morning? Did the town centre look messier than usual? Were there more items of litter strewn about the streets?
You're right if your answer is 'yes'.
That is because West Oxfordshire District Council decided not to carry out its usual morning street cleaning today (Wednesday, October 25) in a bid to highlight why its Anti-Litter Campaign is so important.
The Council has launched the Campaign in conjunction with Witney Town Council and Witney Mayor Chrissie Curry to remind residents across the District that litter is everybody's problem - and encourage litter bugs to think twice before they drop.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "Every morning, our street cleaners work hard to rid the streets of litter. Much of the work happens before people go to work or start their day, so residents don't realise the extent of the problem.
"Our Street Scene team have not swept or picked up litter around Church Green, Buttercross and along the High Street to Welch Way roundabout in hope that people will spot the difference and really think about this problem."
Street cleaners will start picking up litter in the affected areas at about 3pm today. All of the collected litter is being put into clear bags and will go on display under the Clock Tower at Waitrose, in Witney, as part of tomorrow's (Thursday, October 26) Anti-Litter Day.
The awareness day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, also includes the 'Rubbish Heads' street performers, who will be using drama to get across a hard-hitting message about litter, a Council display at the Clock Tower giving facts and information about litter, and organised litter picks.
Traders and businesses in the town have shown their support for the Campaign by displaying anti-litter posters, produced by the District Council and Witney Town Council in conjunction with the Witney and West Oxfordshire Gazette.
Witney Mayor Ms Curry said: "Our slogan is 'Litter – it's in your hands'. Let's expand this to 'Litter – it's in your hands, keep it there!'. Please get a poster and display it in your business and home. They will be available tomorrow in the Market Square. And don't be afraid to ask litter droppers to pick up their rubbish and put it in the nearest bin or take it home. I am sick and tired of our lovely town being dirty and scruffy."
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