Henley Town Councillor Will Hamilton has championed a Wombles initiative as part of efforts to keep the town tidy. Alongside David Eggleton, Will is hoping to enlist up to 50 people to pick up litter in Henley.
The Wombles, an initiative started by campaign group Keep Britain Tidy, supplies volunteers with their own equipment, including litter-pickers, gloves and bags. The Henley group will be sponsored by VWS, a waste vehicle weighing company in Caversham which is owned by Julian Glasspole, from Shiplake.
Councillor Hamilton said the town was looking a mess and the problem had been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. He said: “If you look closely at the verges and hedgerows, they are full of bottles, cans and grime. Due to covid, no one is prepared to touch or pick up litter so Julian’s company will provide the equipment which the volunteers will collect from the town hall and keep at home. They will use it to clear the area close to where they live and then dispose of the rubbish by their own means.
“We want to get between 30 and 50 people who would be happy to do it a monthly basis. We have people in the Wootton Road and Makins Road areas but we want to stretch across town. I will do Greys Road, Gravel Hill and Church Street and we will allocate people to the other roads depending who comes forward and where they live.
“When you get out on a bicycle you can see everything up and down the roads and now that the river level is coming down after the recent wet weather you can see a lot of stuff that has been washed into it. We need to take pride in our town and do better to makes things cleaner and greener and that can only be good for everyone, for residents and for tourists.”