Call for more pride in Wearside as £36,000 being spend on litter bins in bid to tackle litter

Councillors approved plans to spend £36,000 on new bins in a bid to tackle litter in Sunderland.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:43 am
Cllr Pat Smith called on the public to take more responsibility responsibility for their own rubbish to keep Wearside clean

And while she welcomed the prospect of places to dispose of waste, she predicted even more work would be needed to keep the worst areas clear.

“During the pandemic, councillors [have been] fending off queries from the public about all the rubbish that’s continually being left,” she said.

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“I think that we are going into these areas to make areas better for people to travel, either walking or on bikes, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get the same carry on regarding rubbish.

“I think the cleansing has to be ready to do a lot more work, because at the present moment we are getting inundated with people who are not happy about rubbish lying around.”

Cllr Smith was speaking at a meeting of Sunderland City Council’s West Sunderland Area Committee.

It comes as the Echo runs its Clean Streets campaign, aimed at encouraging people to help keep the city clean and report those who spoil it for the rest of us with mess.

Spending plans approved by the panel allocated £36,529 to replacing bins and benches in the western area of the city, particularly in the area around Silksworth Ski Slope.

This included:

* 48 freestanding bins;

* 19 post-mounted bins;

* Six benches.

The cash was one of you applications for cash from the committee’s Neighbourhood Capital Fund given the green light.

Councillors also approved a £17,500 contribution to plans to move the existing pit wheel from Albany Village Centre to Silksworth Miners Hall.

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