One of the biggest issues raised in our recent constituency-wide survey was the problem of litter. Not only is it an eye-soar, but people are genuinely very concerned about their children's health. So today, as part of a nationwide initiative by the Conservatives, Council candidates and volunteers joined me on a huge constituency-wide litter pick.
We wanted to demonstrate that not only have we listened to people's concerns, but that we are willing to put our wellies and heavy duty gloves on and show that we want to make a real difference in the local community.
Hats off to Burham, Eccles and Wouldham candidate Dave Davis who proved he hasn't lost the skills learnt in the Army by dropping onto his tummy and crawling sniper-style under a walkway to recover bottles, sweet wrappers, a bundle of newspapers and one item inappropriate to mention on this blog!
A quick thank you to all those that helped today - not just from me but on behalf of everyone who raised the issue of litter with us on the survey. Our activities today are not the solution - people need to take personal responsibility for their litter and use the bins - but I hope we made your area a bit cleaner and a healthier environment for your children to play in.