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  • Silt extraction from Verulamium Park lake

    **UPDATE since original post on 31st May – Environment portfolio holder explains the plan for the lake to the City Neighbourhoods Committee on Wednesday 8th June: click here watch the recording, start at 4 mins and 15 seconds in. ** If you’ve poked a stick into Verulamium Park lake recently you’ll know just how much…

  • Should the Government subsidise veggies?

    Fresh from watching an edition of Countryfile devoted to veggies*, my mind is turning over the problem of the price of carrots and to a lesser, extent Jersey Royals. One farmer talked about the new national minimum wage meaning he’d have an unsustainable business in four years time and that the most viable option would be…

  • If the bin’s full…

    …who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! No, the park ranger! The park ranger’s mobile number is now on the bins for park users to call if/when they see a bin needs emptying. I started stickering last Sunday morning and just have a few to complete at the Waffle House end of the park.   The back…

  • Verulamium Park Playground

    When I stood for election last May I told residents I wanted to take action on litter, verge destruction, fly-tipping and to help drive a refresh of Verulamium Park playground. Today I’m really pleased that you can have your say on the playground via a survey officers have just put live on the Council website. What…

  • Street Clean Superhero

    Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) is launching a national anti-littering poster campaign which is being supported by outdoor advertising company, Clear Channel. As part of the Clean for the Queen campaign KBT asked primary school children across the UK to design an anti-litter poster and the winner was a collaborative effort from a class at a…

  • Please take your litter home

    Absolutely delighted to have heard from an officer at St Albans City & District Council that Hertfordshire Highways have listened to our pleas to use the electronic road signs to ask people to please take their litter home with them. This photo was taken in the run up to the Clean For The Queen weekend.…

  • Dirty talk on Radio Verulam

    Thank you Amanda Yorwerth for having me on Radio Verulam’s “Environment matters” show to talk litter and why keeping our environment clean and tidy is important. My son enjoyed his first radio experience. It was broadcast on Tuesday 1st March and repeated Thursday 4th March. I’ll be picking litter with other community-minded folk on Saturday 5th…

  • Sustainable solutions for Verulamium Park lake

    **UPDATE >> since posting this film there is news from the Council about the lake about working with the Environment Agency to develop a long term soltuion.** In conversation with Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles (portfolio holder for the Environment) about action he and and officers at St Albans City & District Council have taken in response to…

  • Keep Britain Tidy working with local councils

    Wanting to know about the Government’s litter strategy and how Keep Britain Tidy is playing a role in changing littering behaviour, I approached KBT’s CEO, Allison Ogden-Newton for a meeting. We had a call and I have done a video blog about how local councils are working with Keep Britain Tidy to create change. For example, working with Harrogate…

  • Don’t be a tosser

    Litter thrown from vehicles on our roads is a big problem. Keep Britain Tidy have been selling “Don’t be a tosser” stickers for supporters like me to display in our cars. I don’t know how much good it does in terms of reducing littering but it makes me feel a little less impotent knowing I’m…