Villiers calls on Barnet Council to use litter clearance funding from Government

MP Theresa Villiers is urging Barnet Council to release money it was given by the Government to support volunteer litter pickers.

The local authority was recently allocated £68,000 for initiatives that help clean up town centres, but because the funds were received at short notice it has not yet been able to spend the cash.

Theresa is a regular volunteer litter picker. She was tipped off about this funding by the Barnet Green Beings environmental group, so she contacted the council to find out more about it.

“I was told the money hadn’t been spent yet but the council was looking to include it in a plan being considered in June,” said Theresa.

“I have gone back to urge them to ensure they use it as soon as they can for supporting volunteer litter-picks in Barnet because that is what the money is for. Green Beings had to seek crowd source funding for basic equipment like pickers, bags and hi-vis vests. Other volunteer groups in my constituency who get involved in litter clearance have had to buy their own equipment too.

“There are litter-pick groups already up and running and doing a super job across Barnet who would immediately put this funding to good use. I have asked the council to release the money to them as soon as possible.”