Mexborough grime squad formed to rid streets of litter

Sean Gibbons, left, and Tommy Joyce during the community clean up in Mexborough.
Sean Gibbons, left, and Tommy Joyce during the community clean up in Mexborough.
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Residents have taken to the streets to tackle litter dropping after claiming council teams are not doing enough to tackle the problem.

Volunteers formed the ‘Mexborough First MAT (Mexborough Action Together) Team’ in a bid to clear the town streets of rubbish.

The group donned gloves for their first outing last week to clean up a litter dropping hot spot area off Main Street and are planning further sessions on other grime hit parts of the town.

One volunteer, father-of-two Sean Gibbons, 40, of Park Road, Mexborough, said: “We get sick and tried of seeing nothing being done after reporting incidents of litter dropping so we decided to do something about it ourselves.

“It is important for the image of the town as much as anything that the streets are kept clean from rubbish. Excess litter can also cause a health hazard.”

Nobody from the council was available for comment but councillor Joe Blackham has previously said the authority has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards litter dropping.