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Big Boston Clean-up 2014: The gloves come off

Businesses be warned - the Big Boston Clean-up's annual grot spot amnesty, applied every year since the initiative first took place in 2008, is over.

The gloves are off and businesses with untidy areas of land are to be written to telling them to clean it up, get involved in this year's Big Boston Clean-up or stand by to receive a litter control notice which could cost them a £100 fine.

Cllr Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "They have a legal responsibility to keep their land clean and tidy. But every year some commercial businesses rely on volunteers to do it for them. That's not on and this year it ends. Those written to after a pre clean-up inspection who do not tidy up, or who have not contributed something to the effort will be fined."

Jen Moore, the council's environment and sustainability officer who organises the annual clean-up, and the council's enforcement officer, will be touring the town to make their own list of grot spots.

But they, and their annual army of litter pickers, also want to hear from you - tell them where the town's grot spots are.

They want to target Boston's crummy corners - those neglected and untidy areas you often pass by where cans, bottles, wrappers and other rubbish gathers.

If you know of a town grot spot you want to see tidied up contact Jen at Boston Borough Council on 01205 314 583 or email her at jenny.moore@boston.gov.uk

Businesses are also being contacted asking them to support the clean-up by joining in the week-long campaign or by providing sponsorship.

Volunteers are equipped with high viz waistcoats, litter pickers, gloves and black bags as well as a light lunch as a thank you for all their hard work.

Individuals are also needed to join the clean-up, which this year runs from Monday, April 14, to Thursday, April 17. Each day will start from Municipal Buildings in West Street at 9am.

The Big Schools Clean-up is also taking place again this year. So far hundreds of children from Park Academy, Staniland Academy and Boston West, Swineshead, Hawthorn Tree and St Mary's Roman Catholic primary schools have, or are to, take part in clearing litter in and around their school grounds.

Over the past three years 1,100 children have joined in. If your school wants to join in this year please contact Jen.

Over the last six years the Big Boston Clean-up has removed a staggering 65.5 tons of rubbish from the town's streets and waterways thanks to the efforts of  3,710 volunteers.