Disgust at shopping complex litter

PUBLISHED: 17:04 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

RESIDENTS in Portishead say they are disgusted with the constant mess outside a new shopping complex in the town.

RESIDENTS in Portishead say they are disgusted with the constant mess outside a new shopping complex in the town.

The new shops: Dreams, New Look, Peacocks and Pets at Home in Wyndham Way, have no waste bins outside the units or in the car park, resulting in the site, which is only a stones throw from a fast food restaurant and take-away, being strewn with rubbish.

On January 3, members of Pride in Portishead (PIP), a community group set up to help keep the town looking its best, collected at least seven bags of rubbish from the area, which they say is quite unacceptable.

Councillor Reyna Knight, who is a member of PIP says scores of people are upset about the litter problems outside these stores.

She said: "Residents in Portishead take great pride in their town and we would like to see the stores act responsibly by keeping the area clean and tidy.

"The site in question has become quite an eyesore, which cannot be good for business."

Mrs Knight has delivered letters to each of the stores asking for their co-operation in keeping the area as free from litter as possible.

A spokesperson of Quadrant Estates, developer of the scheme, said: "Upon the signing of these particular retailers, it was not deemed necessary to provide litter bins in close proximity to the stores as they are not of a nature that typically generates rubbish.

"Having food retailers nearby sometimes means that litter spreads across near to our stores and we would advise that these food suppliers take appropriate action to mitigate the problem.

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