Lockdown 2.0 lifted in the week and out came volunteers, socially distanced, for the quarterly(ish), litter pick. Everybody was in good sprits and it's felt community projects like this are a great help.

From meeting at The Cut we went off in seperate groups. The larger group headed off to Blagdon Park, litter picking there way along the high street where the Farmer's Market was on. A small group covered The Cut and two people tackled "The Little Cut", the part that runs from the level crossing to Kingston Road.

The litter on "The Little Cut" is the other side of a fence and on Network Rail land and for safety reasons we can not get access to. Clearing the litter involves pulling it under the fence, or with good balance and team work larger items can be brought over the top of the fence. It's hard and time consuming work, so special thanks to those that volunteered again to to do this area. There's still a lot more to clear.

Various attempts have been made to engage Network Rail in clearing this area, but all failed. The Association has recently had a suggestion to adopt New Malden Station and this could give us a connection to Network Rail. More on this soon.

Unfortunately, some usual suspects were missing and missed: Tariq was at Kingston Environment Centre preparing for their Fare Fayre, and Frances Marsh, our Rubbish Warrior, was injured after a fall on the high street, we wish her a full and speedy recovery.

Many thanks, as usual, to everyone that came along and helped make a difference to our town.

Look out for the next litter pick in February or March 2021.

14:33, 08 Dec 2020 by Natalie Walton


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