Looking after our Environment

If you think there is an area in your part of the Parish which could benefit from a ‘clean-up’ day let us know.

Shenley Brook End & Tattenhoe Parish Council

The Parish Council, conscious of its obligations to promote a clean and healthy environment has, to date, installed around the Parish, 51 Dog Waste Bins and 34 Litter Bins. These are emptied regularly by a contractor but if there is a problem with one of our bins please contact the office or speak to one of the Wardens. The location of each of the bins is shown on the Parish Map.

Clean Up Days

This year we have seen successful events in which residents, local schools and organisations, the Parish Council and Milton Keynes Council staff have jointly carried out ‘clean-up’ days promoting the ‘Pride in where you live’ theme. Two of these events have been featured in Community News and on videos which can be seen on YouTube.

If you think there is an area in your part of the Parish which could benefit from a ‘clean-up’ day let us know. Contact us today

Oliver

Allotment and Landscape Officer

Vini

Parish Warden

AJ

Parish Warden

Paul Butler

Parish Warden

Play areas are regularly checked for damaged equipment, dog fouling, litter and anti-social behaviour. All this is carefully logged and where they cannot deal with the issue, pass the information to other agencies for action, making sure that such reports are followed up and dealt with.

If you have a problem, comment or want to pass on information, they are there to help, so please make use of their services. You can email the Parish office on:-

reportit@shenleybrookend-pc.gov.uk

A Load of Old Rubbish - or Everyone's Responsibility?

We are told day after day by politicians and the media that one of our top priorities is saving the planet. We are bombarded with television programmes and our children are given lessons in school about the environment and endangered species. We are exhorted by all and sundry to recycle or we will all disappear under a mountain of garbage.

Yet what do we see all around us, on our redways, our streets, even in our parks and open spaces? Discarded beer and fizzy drinks bottles, fast food packaging, empty and half empty cans of beer and cider, cartons, crisp packets, cigarette packets and much worse! These are often most noticeable on the routes from the local shops to the nearby schools. Why, if we and our children are so concerned about the environment, do we desecrate it day after day when it would be so easy to put our litter in the nearest litter bin, of which there are many around the Parish? Why are the schools not driving home the message to pupils that dropping litter is anti-social?

My wife and I walk most days from our home in Kingsmead, along the redway to Westcroft to pick up a newspaper, a distance of about three quarters of a mile. For some time now it has been our practice to take a couple of plastic bags with us and collect the litter we find along the way. Day after day we collect at least two bags full. Lately we have found it necessary to take three or four bags and they still get filled. The picture above shows what we collected on one such trip recently and it is fairly typical. Believe it or not some of this litter was actually collected from immediately outside people’s front doors. Do we have no pride in the appearance of our neighbourhoods any more?  One person I know rebuked her daughter for dropping litter. The reply was that if she took it home she would be doing someone out of a job! If everyone took an empty supermarket bag and picked up the rubbish that they can see then the footpaths will be much more pleasant to walk along. Since we moved to Milton Keynes over ten years ago we have noticed sadly that the litter has increased in volume. We have a daughter in America and when we visit her we are always amazed by the lack of rubbish on the streets and verges. The contrast between there and here is salutary. We are too fond of saying “Someone should do something about it” but we are that “someone” and it is up to all of us to keep the Parish clean and tidy.

Our Parish Wardens are doing a great job. When notified of the numerous bundles of local newspapers tossed into the ditches, they remove them as soon as possible. They also arrange to have graffiti cleaned up but they can’t be expected to pick up every can, bottle or empty crisp packet. That is for us to do and to encourage our children to bring their ’empties’ home, or put them in the nearest litter bin.

Grumpy Old Man