Residents in Tuffley fed up with litter being thrown by schoolkids
SCHOOLCHILDREN are being urged to pick up after themselves following pleas from residents to keep Tuffley clean.
Concerns are growing over litter thrown on playing fields in Seventh Avenue.
Ward councillor Tracy Millard said: "The Seventh Avenue shops are kept clean because of the regular litter picks by the council, but the problem is on the green fields opposite.
"When the grass cutters come they shred the litter already on the grass into pieces. Some residents are now complaining that is going into their gardens.
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"The problem is coming from children who go to nearby schools."
Resident Angela Langley, of Kemble Close, has met with headteachers of the schools to discuss this issue. She said: "I have seen children, mostly older ones, like sixth form students, dropping litter on the way to school after buying food from the shops.
"I have lived in this area for 30 years and we should be keeping it clean. Many of us want to continue to keep pride in our area."
Jackie Bethell, who works at Mr Thakor's corner shop in Seventh Avenue, said: "I live opposite the field and children often drop litter after they've been to the chip shop. There seems to be a lot of rubbish dropped in my garden too, which I am always picking up."
Many residents said there are enough bins around but that they are not being used.
A city council spokesman said: "The bins near the Seventh Avenue shops in Tuffley are emptied regularly and the green litter picked by the city council's partner Amey on a regular basis.
"The city council has received one report about this problem and will monitor these locations as often as possible.
"Community litter picks help raise awareness and boost pride in the area. Anyone who would like to arrange such an event can email firstname.lastname@example.org . The city council will support by providing equipment and organising removal of the waste collected."
Residents can report litter by calling 01452 396 396.