Published: 10/09/2016 08:55 - Updated: 05/09/2016 11:40

Forres pickers invited to Moray litter summit

A local environmental group has been invited to help tidy up Moray.

FCCU's Joe Pirnie (second from left) will attend the Moray litter summit
FCCU's Joe Pirnie (second from left) will attend the Moray litter summit

Forres Community Clean Up (FCCU), along with other local groups and environmental organisations, will attend a summit aimed at improving the litter situation in Moray organised by Richard Lochhead MSP.

FCCU founder Joe Pirnie will attend the meeting, having been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament earlier this year.

“Joe feels strongly about the issue and wants to clean up the streets of Forres and elsewhere,” said Mr Lochhead. “He has started a campaign in the town.

“I of course, told him that I look forward to working with him in doing that.”

Fellow FCCU member Adrian Hutchins feels proud the group’s hard work is being recognised.

“The summit will give us an opportunity to make the parties aware of the problems that exist in Forres and hopefully some change can be introduced,” he said.

“Continued education for youngsters will be a good start.

“We will also ask for a Forres-based community warden that could police frequent fly tipping areas, enforcing dog fouling and cigarette butt dropping.”

He added: “The Mosset Burn is used as a dumping ground but a lot of it stems from Fleurs Place.

“People sit in the park and then leave their litter behind even though there are plenty of bins – it then blows into the river. There is also a growing problem behind Pilmuir Primary School.”

Joe added: “I think the problem is worst in the big, open spaces like the old Tesco site and on the Greshop industrial estate.”

The invitation has also been extended to Moray Council and all of Moray’s Community Councils. SEPA, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish National Heritage are among the list of national organisations expected to attend.

The Moray Litter Summit will aim to improve the co-operation between stakeholders, the local authority and local litter groups, providing a more joined-up and sustainable approach.

Mr Lochhead said regularly receives complaints from constituents who are fed up of litter left lying in Moray’s streets, beaches and other beauty spots.

“The thoughtless actions of a small minority in our community can spoil this scenic part of Scotland,” he said.

“This multi-agency summit will allow us to pull together to address these local litter hotspots and aim to have a more joined-up system in place to tackle the problem.”

He added: “Litter groups like Forres Community Clean Up are very active in Moray and I commend their community-spirited work.

“These efforts should of course be met with a commitment from the relevant agencies in order to have the biggest impact.

“I hope that bringing everyone together will result in positive improvements across Moray.”

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