The EVRA-organised litter picks have made a big impact on the state of the verges and footpaths leading into and around the village, and with a new size selection of high visibility vests on their way,
But we still need to do more. The area around Biggin Bank is often badly affected by people throwing empty bottles, cans and plastic packets out of cars, made worse by long grass and untidy verges. EVRA has been working with the Parish Council and the Highways Agency to make sure that the village benefits from its quota of public grass cutting and verge maintenance, and the Neighbourhood Protection Team have been increasing their presence across the county, issuing a number of fixed penalty notices for littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling. Next month marks the beginning of Durham's Big Spring Clean 2014, 7th April-11th May, an initiative run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the County Council, and Darlington Borough Council. There are lots of ways to get involved, so do have a look at their website or come along to the next EVRA litter pick.
Litter makes our village look ugly and reduces the quality of life for everyone who has to live, work, or travel through it. Keep your eyes peeled for the date and time of the next litter-picking mission - or be a rebel and organise your own!
For anyone out litterpicking, please do wear brightly coloured clothing (preferably a high visibility jacket or vest) and stay safe. The traffic speeding through the village is quite a problem... but that's for another day!