Community Action Day

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Rotarians from the town’s two Rotary Clubs, Rotary Club of South Foreland and Rotary Club of Dover spent hours one Saturday morning clearing up litter and discarded items from the Buckland Estate area of Dover. Work parties split into three sections to clear rubbish from the length of the Green Lane footpath working from its top down, Melbourne Avenue and the section above Whitfield Avenue/Brookfield Avenue up to Melbourne Avenue. Organised by Vice President Tony Cook of the Dover Club and Rotarian Mike Prebble of the South Foreland Club a colossal amount of rubbish was bagged up, piled up and then taken away by Veolia operatives.

President of the Dover Club Barbara Stapleton was accompanied by District Governor Elect Don Soppitt and Past President Peter Sherred, Keep Britain Tidy Ambassador, in tackling the rubbish on the footpath bank between Shatterlocks School boundary and the bridge over the Dover Deal section of the railway line. Items collected overall included a pushchair, a scooter, a bicycle frame, a large wide screen television, large toys, clocks, bags of domestic rubbish, chairs, vases as well as the ubiquitous plastic bottles and cans and condoms!

Litter Heroes Ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy Peter Sherred said, “This was a tremendous effort by volunteers from the town’s Rotary Clubs to celebrate the 114th Birthday of Rotary as well as showing the pride Rotary has for the town. This area was cleared two years ago and the worrying aspect of this latest effort is the sheer quantity of material collected which proves that many people simply use our open spaces as their personal dustbin areas for all their discarded rubbish large and small. It is a disgrace and shames the town. However, the result today shows what can be achieved by voluntary effort when people come together for a common purpose.”