Conservative Councillors have hailed the efforts of High Peak Borough Council who collected between 80-100 bags of rubbish along the bypass between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge. This aspect of the Conservative run council’s efforts to combat litter and help protect the environment were undertaken on Friday 23rd March.


Councillors Kath Sizeland and Stewart Young of Chapel West ward in High Peak Borough Council, Councillor Jim Perkins of Chapel & Hope Valley on Derbyshire County Council and Councillors Alison Fox and Andrew Fox of Whaley Bridge on Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council respectively have issued a statement saying that the central reservation and other areas are due to be done in May-June 2018. This comes as the Conservative government have given powers to local councils to almost double the on-the-spot-fines handed to people for littering.


The Conservative Councillors also praised the efforts of local litter picking groups across Chapel, Whaley and the High Peak.


The statement says:


“Litter is a nuisance and a stain on the beautiful part of the world that we live in. It’s an eyesore for us locals, it gives a bad impression to visitors and it’s bad for the environment and local wildlife. We are determined to win the fight against littering, which makes the Conservative’s announcement on stricter fines for litterers this week even more welcome news.


“We in the Conservatives are leading the way in protecting and preserving the beauty of the High Peak. We commend everyone who helps clean up the area, whether you are a council employee or a volunteer who takes time out to improve our scenic corner of the world, like we do. In Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and throughout the High Peak we have a few groups of dedicated people who regularly go out, arranging community litter picks and they do marvellous jobs.


“Working together as volunteer community groups, as a council and with support from government, we can win the battle against littering.”