An aspect of anti-social behaviour is litter. No matter how many bins are provided, and emptied, there seems to be a steady stream of litter being left on streets and the parks.
Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council employs Steve Brown as the street orderly for the centre of the village; many will have seen him with his cockatoo!
A number of residents have taken it upon themselves to go out and pick up litter and we are very appreciative of their voluntary work.
To try to organise specific hotspot locations and encourage more volunteers, the parish councils have been able to borrow sets of hi-vis vests, gloves and litter pickers to lend to those willing to help.
A volunteer Litter Picking Policy gives safety guidance and is available, with the litter picking kits and bags, if you email Helen, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details.
We are also planning to work with the Kibworth & Fleckney Rotary Club, who also arrange litter picking days, so together with the other volunteers, we can hope for a flurry of ‘Kibworth Wombling’ outings as the nights drawn in!
Currently, we have arranged with Harborough District Council for full bags of litter to be stacked behind the yellow grit bin at the entrance to the Kibworth Grammar School Hall car park from where they can be collected.
Anti Social Behaviour covers more than noise nuisance and litter, and the parish councils are drafting a local action plan to discuss with both Harborough District Council and the police.
Although the parish councils do not have statutory responsibility or the resources for dealing with Anti Social Behaviour, we can put in place some positive actions to alleviate some of the bad behaviour that is being reported to the alternative Police Non-emergency Telephone number, 101.
(Kibworth Harcourt and Kibworth Beauchamp parish councillor)