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Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:51:13

Litter pickers

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Residents taking part in the annual litter pick event enjoyed plenty of warm sunshine as they combed the estate for rubbish.

Nine adults and two young children took part in the litter pick. Three of the adults were residents who had not joined last year’s Clean for The Queen event, and all three said they really appreciated the sense of community spirit and would like to help with other events on the estate.

Areas where litter was collected included the footpaths around the balancing pond, the boundaries of the large open space by the playing area, the footpath from Green Park Road to Carnforth Road (at the side of Finstall First School), and the footpath for cyclists and dog walkers from Astley Road to the railway line.

Nine very full bags of litter were collected, which mainly consisted of crisp packets, plastic bottles, sweet papers and some glass bottles. 

The only unusual item of rubbish was a child’s empty rucksack found thrown over the balancing pond fence. 

Sadly the team did come across numerous dog waste bags which had been thrown into bushes.

Coun Caroline Spencer (above, centre), who joined the litter pick, implores dog owners to use the special bins which are situated quite regularly along the walkways.

Despite this, Coun Spencer was pleased to note that there was far less litter dropped around the estate compared to last year. It was also felt that it was better to hold the event in early April (rather than mid-May), because there were fewer leaves on the trees and bushes, making it easier to see rubbish.

Coun Spencer added: “Walking around the estate I enjoyed seeing the wonderful, colourful displays of daffodils and I think it would be a lovely idea to arrange a further bulb planting event this October, to cover other areas of the estate.”

PEOPLE POWER

Resident Jo Smith, from Belvoir Road, has come up with a suggestion for saving money on energy bills.

The 84-year-old resident, who moved to The Oakalls in 2015, recently heard a radio feature about saving money on fuel bills by communities uniting to obtain discounts through bulk buying.

Upon further investigation, it appears that communities across the country have been signing up for collective energy-purchasing schemes.

These were endorsed by the government in 2012 but after the initial hype, many schemes failed to take off as expected. However, since 2014 there has been renewed interest in the practice.

Collective purchasing refers to a group of consumers getting together to buy a specific plan from a gas and electricity supplier. The process is started when an interested group signs up to a scheme.

A reverse auction is then carried out – this is when energy suppliers who want to supply the group bid against each other.

The supplier offering the cheapest tariff will be able to offer the group a new contract. The group should then have a period of time to assess the contract before deciding whether to go ahead.

Obviously more investigation needs to take place into such a scheme, so that interested residents are fully aware of the whole process.

Jo Smith is very happy to help in any way she can but feels a younger person might be better placed to explore the possibilities.

If anyone is interested in pursuing this please contact The Village by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), using ‘People Power’ in the email subject field. 

Please contact me with your views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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