Meriden MP does his bit to Keep Meriden Tidy - The Solihull Observer
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19th Aug, 2022

Meriden MP does his bit to Keep Meriden Tidy

Sarah Mason 1st Jul, 2022

MERIDEN MP, Saqib Bhatti grabbed a litter picker and a bag and helped community groups to Keep Meriden Tidy.

The Conservative MP started his weekend clean up in Marston Green where Saqib met councillors Bob and Gail Sleigh along with members of the newly formed Marston Green Wombles, where they were welcomed afterwards at the Picnic Basket for a hot drink.

He then headed to Babbs Mill Park to meet with Clean and Green Solihull and the Mayor of the West Midlands who was running his West Midlands Great Clean Up ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The next day he started in Balsall Common before heading off to then ventured to Castle Bromwich to meet with the Castle Bromwich Litter Pickers where they picked up six bags of litter.

He ended the campaign with Dorridge U3A and other local residents with the help of the Knowle and Dorridge Lions in Dorridge Park where volunteers found litter ranging from crisp packets to parts of a washing machine.

Mr Bhatti said: “I was thrilled to host another Keep Meriden Tidy weekend and help local groups in their endeavour to keep Meriden tidy.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have exacerbated problems such as littering and fly-tipping.

“However, getting back on track after the pandemic will involve tackling this issue.

“£1billion is spent on picking up litter from our public places every year.

“With the help of local litter picking groups, the impact of this is lower but we still have a huge problem when it comes to littering.

“I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to the groups about how we can coordinate a long-term campaign to deter people from littering.”

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