A community group will launch a petition in Soham in a bid to halt a ‘growing litter problem’ on the town’s streets.
Soham Town Forum members raised the issue at a meeting on Thursday after several complaints were made to East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) about litter spoiling the town centre.
Chairman Liz Johnston said cleanliness in Soham had gone downhill since cleaner Chris Burgess, who won the Townsperson of the Year award three times in a row for his work, retired this year.
“We are well aware and totally accept that Mr Burgess did above and beyond his hours and his duty,” said Liz, “and we are not expecting somebody else to have to fill that.
“But I believe it’s now one person who spends one day a week cleaning and, for a town of more than 10,000 people, that’s not adequate.”
She added: “We want to try to get East Cambs to recognise that litter is becoming a problem. As much as they say it’s the responsibility of people not to drop litter, you can’t guarantee that will happen.”
Liz said town forum members planned to put petition papers in local shops, as well as spending time in the town centre collecting signatures.
A spokesman for ECDC said: “We have had a small number of complaints about litter from residents in Soham which we are working with Veolia - our street cleaning contractor - to resolve.
“While Veolia is meeting the requirements set out in their contract, they know the standards previously set were very high. Unfortunately, they are hindered by a small minority who drop litter wherever they are, despite the bins which have been provided.”
Anyone who would like to contact Soham Town Forum can visit its Facebook page, or website at www.forum.soham.org