Litter champs 'Shine a light'
"What you do is shine a light - it's noticed and we appreciate it." Boston Mayor, Cllr Bernard Rush, praised the borough's Community Litter Champions when he invited them into the council chamber for afternoon tea.
He thanked the volunteers for all they do in helping keep all areas of the borough clean and tidy at all times of the year. They support the council's own street cleaning team and show their support for the annual Big Boston Clean-up.
The Mayor, Mayoress, Mrs Jayne Rush, and Chief Executive Phil Drury, chatted with the litter champions as they enjoyed traditional afternoon tea, sandwiches and cakes.
Jen Moore, Boston Borough Council's environment and sustainability officer, said since April 5,046 people had received fixed penalty fines for littering and spitting.
Jen said catching dog fouling offenders is difficult - to be sure they have to be seen in the act. But the first £100 fine has been issued after an enforcement officer saw a man fail to clean up after his dog alongside John Adams Way.
Mayor Cllr Bernard Rush with Community Litter Champion Denise Lorriman, left, and Denise's carer Vikki Lee. Denise attends Thistles Nursery at Sutterton for adults with learning disabilities and helps the Boston in Bloom campaign and supports the Big Boston Clean-up. She also litter picks in her own area of town helping keep her part of the community clean and tidy.
The Mayor and Mayoress chat with Community Litter Champion and former borough councillor Ossy Snell. Despite being 83 Ossie still does his bit for the parish of Fishtoft.
The Mayor and Mayoress with other Community Litter Champions who attended the event in the council chamber.
Chief Executive Phil Drury gets the lowdown on the challenges faced by litter champs.