Introduction

About Rural Litter

Real Litter Heroes

The Litter Hero Test

My Litter Picking

[+] Do something!

[+] Cotswold Litter Heroes
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Litter Horrors

Why we need a Bottle Bill

Litter links

Contact




COTSWOLD LITTER HEROES: MAKING IT HAPPEN



Litter in the Cotswolds

Local Authority Support

The aim of Cotswold Litter Heroes is to be a regional scheme, covering the whole of the Cotswold/Gloucestershire area. This requires the support of at least four Local Authorities; Cheltenham Borough Council, Stroud District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Cotswold District Council. It's important the scheme operate seamlessly across the Local Authorities because: The support required from the participating authorities would include:
So far I have met or corresponded with staff from the waste departments of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud and Cotswold Councils and they have been supportive and offered much constructive advice.

Other stakeholders

Other stakeholders that could help or may have an interest in the scheme include:
  • Parish Councils
  • The Conservation Board of Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Farmers
  • "Friends of ..." groups, e.g. Cleeve Common Board of Conservators, Friends of Leckhampton Hill
  • Costs

    My initial thoughts are that the scheme would cost around 50,000 to set up and run for three years. The rough break down is as follows:

    Equipment for Heroes

    Approximately 40 per head to equip each of 500 Heroes with a litter picker, hi-vis vest, pair of gloves and an initial supply of refuse sacks.
    20,000
    Additional Refuse sacks/gloves 1,000

    Insurance

    Public Liability and Personal Injury, 5 per hero per annum.
    Trustees insurance 300 pa
    7,000

    Website

    Development, maintenance and hosting
    10,000

    Marketing

    Design and printing of leaflets, brochures and posters. Outdoors display stand, A-Boards and trailer. Advertising press/radio.
    8,000

    Misc

    Organisers travelling expenses, phone, office consumaable, postage etc.
    4,000

    TOTAL

    50,000

    The above makes the big assumption that it can be done with unpaid resource, i.e. no full time staff.

    Funding

    My thoughts are the scheme might be funded by a mix of National Lottery Grant (50%), Local Authority Grants (40%) and Sponsorship(10%)

    Web site development

    The website will be a key part of the scheme. A good proportion of the functionality, already exists at sites like fixmystreet.com and communityfix.co.uk

    Finding Heroes

    I'm not a marketing expert, but I envisage that we will aim to find Heroes through:



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