Litter drive promises cleaner future for Grimsby's River Head basin
THE River Head basin in Grimsby's town centre is facing a cleaner future thanks to new efforts to remove litter from the water.
North East Lincolnshire Council took action to clean up the former dock following an accumulation of water-borne rubbish.
A team of operatives spend several days attending to the waterside, using a boat, nets and litter pickers to remove the unsightly waste.
They will return at least once a week to ensure the water is kept litter-free.
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And other measures are being put in place to help the cause – the council is planning to move the public waste bins away from the water's edge to prevent litter falling in, and the management of the Barge Inn have contributed by putting up signs to ask customers not to discard glasses or cigarettes into the water.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, the council's portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, said: "The River Head in Grimsby is a unique and historical feature of the town centre, so it is important that we keep it clean for the people as well as for the wildlife.
"It is unfortunately easy for litter to fall into the water below the pavement level, so that's why we've put in an extra effort to remove the rubbish and keep the water free from it. I also give my thanks to the Barge Inn, who have been very supportive of our ambitions."
MOTORIST Kelly Fytche hastily dropped a mobile phone after suddenly realising she had been spotted by police who were driving alongside her, Grimsby magistrates heard.
Fytche, 25, of Hampstead Park, Scartho Top, Grimsby, admitted driving while using a hand-held mobile telephone on Laceby Road, Grimsby, on October 13.
The court heard that she was driving when she quickly telephoned a friend to say she was on her way.
Fytche told the court in a letter: "I'm very sorry."
She was fined £60 and was ordered to pay £40 costs and a Government-imposed £15 victims' surcharge.
FIREFIGHTERS were called to put out a small bonfire in Ladysmith Road, Grimsby.
A crew from Humberside Fire And Rescue Service was called to the scene at 10.20am on Thursday.