MEETING 04/09/07 REPS OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR/LITTER GROUP
Sarah McMurchie, Nick Moss, Martin Weitz, Jon Gulson
Lynn Madden, Kate Kiwara
SM went through responses received from the group including their concerns and suggestions for improvement. Discussion by those present on what were the priorities and what action was required. Agreed the following:
(1) Recycling - [discussed who is presently responsible for collecting recycling material from Park. Identified 3 bodies, Sita, ECT and council.]
• Agreed there was a need for better communication between them to ensure regular and effective collection of recycled material.
• Recycling bins required at each exit.
• CL Depot to be recycling centre. Material could then be collected from the depot by relevant agencies as part of neighbourhood collection scheme. All it needs is a change of attitude and a change of contract?
• Taking a positive approach to park recycling would be good publicity for council.
• Plastic material is a problem. Needs to be included in scheme.
• Is there any money available for local recycling schemes that we can tap into? What about government initiatives?
• Insufficient and uneven distribution of litter bins throughout the park. We need more bins in areas where most people sit e.g. grassy area bordered by Leopold Road and Maurice Road
• Need support from community police to remind people to take their litter home. Must be on a regular basis to get the message across. Police presence needed at different times of day.
• Notices required which will encourage good practice and encourage park users to work together for benefit of all. Must be positive, not negative approach.
(3) Education vital to improve situation. See ideas in ACTION below.
• Write to CH and say we are very happy with CL and their work in the park. We are sorry to hear that Don has been moved on- he has given good service to the park and is well liked by the people who know him.
• Plan where recycling and litter bins might best be placed. Present to CH for action.
• Research funding for recycling schemes
• Website the place for people to come up with ideas for notices- perhaps a competition
• Letters to local school schools to get them involved in anti-litter education, social responsibility angle
• Make park more interesting/attractive to children. Encourage them to study it/study local history/plants- lots of possibilities.
Ran out of time. Agreed plenty to be getting on with and in any event have identified priorities which was the purpose of the meeting.