Lochhead calls for litter summit seeking joint environmental effort

MSP hopes to get around the table for litter talks.
MSP hopes to get around the table for litter talks.

ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND local groups involved in attempts to keep their communities clear of litter are being invited to attend a seminar in Moray.

The move has been instigated by Richard Lochhead MSP, who says that an invitation will also be extended to Moray Council and all Community Councils in the region.

SEPA, the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage are also on a list of organisations the MSP has invited to the ‘Moray Litter Summit’, alongside groups such as the Forres Community Clean Up and Elgin’s Strategic Partnership (SPICE).

The MSP said: “I regularly receive correspondence from constituents who are fed up of the litter left lying in the streets, beaches and many of Moray’s beauty spots. The thoughtless actions of a small minority in our community can spoil this scenic part of Scotland.

“This multi-agency summit will bring together organisations, local litter groups and community councils so we can all pull together to address these local litter hotspots and aim to have a more joined-up system in place to tackle the problem.

“Litter groups like SPICE are very active in Moray and I commend their community-spirited work.

“These efforts should of course be met with a commitment from the relevant agencies in order to have the biggest impact and I hope that bringing everyone together will result in positive improvements across Moray.”

No date for the summit or a scope for the discussion has been revealed.