Volunteers banned from using litter picking sticks ‘due to health and safety’

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Volunteers banned from using litter picking sticks 'due to health and safety'



Volunteers have been refused litter picking sticks after a council ruled it would be a risk to health and safety.
Despite giving up their personal time for the past two years, friends Annette Goold, Emma Harris and Donna Britton were all denied their request for litter pickers to make their job easier.
Annette, 52, raised her concerns about the mess at a North Somerset Council meeting where they originally told her she would be loaned equipment to help clear it all up.

A group of friends have been picking up litter in their home of Weston-Super-Mare after growing tired of how much there is (Picture: Apex News)

They claim the council refused to give them tools to help them over health and safety fears (File Picture: Getty)But the council made a U-turn on their promise because of health and safety concerns.
Annette said: ‘Apparently the council is concerned that someone using its equipment could injure themselves by falling into a rhyne or walking out into the road.
Man blames hotel hot tub after infected pinky toe is amputated‘It seems crazy for the council to refuse to lend us its equipment on health and safety grounds.’
The group started the ‘trash walks’ after becoming increasingly frustrated at the amount of rubbish in Weston-super-Mare.
They decided to step in because the council ‘doesn’t seem to be tackling it’ and they felt something needed to be done.

The council said the decision was not a case of ‘health and safety gone mad’ (Picture: Apex News)But the council said the decision was not a case of ‘health and safety gone mad’ and said anyone carrying out litter picks on its land needed to be assessed first.
Spokesman Nick Yates said: ‘We want to support these community-minded people who want to do something to make their local area better.
‘If they are doing things on our land we need to know so we can provide equipment and make arrangements to take away the rubbish they collect.’

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