Community clear-up group up and running

Members of the community came together in May for a massive clear-up in Mayfield.
Members of the community came together in May for a massive clear-up in Mayfield.

A new group set-up in Mayfield to tackle the growing fly-tipping problem there will officially launch this Saturday with a community litter pick.

Mayfield and Easthouses Environmental Group is holding its first community litter pick on Saturday from 11am, meeting at Mayfield Place outside Scotmid. The group’s chairman Alan Greig first spoke to the Advertiser in May about setting up the group following a massive community clear up to tackle fly-tipping in woods around Mayfield.

He said: “We launched the Facebook page last week, we hope that will bring with it a lot of interest and group members. The council are also passing around our flyer at local schools so hopefully some local kids come along.

“This is finally getting off the ground. We are starting with litter picks at the moment, with the full backing of the council, who are also supplying a dozen high vis vests and a dozen litter sticks.

“Basically Tool Hire have supplied the trailer again. And I have spoken to Ricky Moffatt at the council who has got the details of my vehicle so however many times we need to go to the tip we have got full access.”

Alan hopes the local community will turn out in force.

He said: “We are going to try it once every two or three months, but obviously it depends on the community.

“If they come out in their droves there is no reason we can’t have them more frequently. However, on the other hand, if it’s a very poor turnout we will maybe give it two or three goes then call it a day. I’m all for doing community work but not on my own.”

Alan hopes this litter-pick is just the start of something much bigger. He said: “We are still interested in collections from people’s homes but we just want to get the litter picks off the ground first. Maybe in the New Year we can expand it.

“If it does take off there is no reason for other communities to not take it on. We are centring on Mayfield and Easthouses at the moment. We are happy to cover that area but if any other communities want to take up the idea then I’m happy to speak to them.

“I’m pretty sure the council would support them.”

Alan added that his group is also looking at the logistics of setting up cameras around Mayfield to catch fly-tippers in the act around Mayfield.