New ‘Care for Christchurch’ campaign launched in bid to improve town

The launch of the Care for Christchurch Campaign

The launch of the Care for Christchurch Campaign

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A NEW campaign urging residents and visitors to ‘Care for Christchurch’ has begun in a bid to improve the borough.

The scheme, which was launched in the town centre on Monday is a joint scheme that urges people to take home their litter, pick up after their dog, report graffiti and fly-tipping and shop at local venues.

With statistics showing it costs £175,000 of taxpayers money to deal with litter in Christchurch every year, the council says that money could be better spent elsewhere.

Much of the litter is found on major roads where expen-sive traffic-management measures are needed to collect it.

The campaign is also asking that people take their litter home with them so more can be recycled.

The focus on graffiti follows a spate of incidents last year where the perpetrators were found and made to clear it up, with schools also getting involved in the project.

Cllr Margaret Phipps, port-folio holder for the environment at Christchurch council, said: “Many people are already involved in help-ing keep their locality clean and we’re very grateful to them.

“We’re asking more people to ‘adopt a spot’ near them and take responsibility for keeping it clean and tidy.

“We can help by providing litter-pickers and sacks and arrange for rubbish to be collected and disposed of after a litter pick.”

The campaign is also asking residents to shop locally, to support local traders, especially with the new £1 for two hours parking rate.

Stephen Bowden, president of Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “For Christchurch to thrive, we all need to do what we can to keep it attractive.

“The Care for Christchurch campaign is exactly what is needed.

“Keeping the borough clean and tidy makes it a pleasing place to visit and shopping locally provides vital support to our businesses.

“The Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce is very pleased to support this worthwhile project.”

The campaign is a joint project between Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset Waste Partnership, Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce and Christchurch Police.

More details are available at dorsetforyou.com/care-for-christchurch.

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5:21pm Wed 16 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

Nice idea ( no I actually do mean it

The problem is that most of the littering and all the graffiti is done by little scumbags - and who don't give a toss
Nice idea ( no I actually do mean it The problem is that most of the littering and all the graffiti is done by little scumbags - and who don't give a toss billy bumble
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5:37pm Wed 16 Apr 14

yasinac says...

billy bumble wrote:
Nice idea ( no I actually do mean it

The problem is that most of the littering and all the graffiti is done by little scumbags - and who don't give a toss
Having just got home from Christchurch, I beg to differ. A man in his 40's just ditched the contents of his ashtray in the car park. A woman in her 60's leaving her receipts on a bench. Not just 'little scumbags'.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: Nice idea ( no I actually do mean it The problem is that most of the littering and all the graffiti is done by little scumbags - and who don't give a toss[/p][/quote]Having just got home from Christchurch, I beg to differ. A man in his 40's just ditched the contents of his ashtray in the car park. A woman in her 60's leaving her receipts on a bench. Not just 'little scumbags'. yasinac
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6:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

The campaign is also asking residents to shop locally, to support local traders, especially with the new £1 for two hours parking rate. .
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That's a non starter straight away, parking charges are the death knell of any shopping high street, if the council haven't figured that out yet then they need replacing by someone with a little sense.
The campaign is also asking residents to shop locally, to support local traders, especially with the new £1 for two hours parking rate. . . That's a non starter straight away, parking charges are the death knell of any shopping high street, if the council haven't figured that out yet then they need replacing by someone with a little sense. Hessenford
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Wed 16 Apr 14

guisselle says...

The Wombles of Wimbledon underground over ground wandering free!
The Wombles of Wimbledon underground over ground wandering free! guisselle
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Thu 17 Apr 14

deb's withers says...

Great idea.Not just for christchurch town but all around ie somerford.burton ect.But the shops could be Better.more clothes shops for an example ?
Great idea.Not just for christchurch town but all around ie somerford.burton ect.But the shops could be Better.more clothes shops for an example ? deb's withers
  • Score: 1

6:54pm Fri 18 Apr 14

agp1337 says...

deb's withers wrote:
Great idea.Not just for christchurch town but all around ie somerford.burton ect.But the shops could be Better.more clothes shops for an example ?
I agree, it's a great idea. Clothes shops would be nice, but they have to make a profit, or they will soon close down. That's the problem.
[quote][p][bold]deb's withers[/bold] wrote: Great idea.Not just for christchurch town but all around ie somerford.burton ect.But the shops could be Better.more clothes shops for an example ?[/p][/quote]I agree, it's a great idea. Clothes shops would be nice, but they have to make a profit, or they will soon close down. That's the problem. agp1337
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