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Clean-up campaign could stop

PUBLISHED: 18:22 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 05 July 2010

A BUSINESSMAN who encouraged others to help clean up their neighbourhood and put some pride back into their area could be forced to abandon his clean-up crusade in the New Year.

A BUSINESSMAN who encouraged others to help clean up their neighbourhood and put some pride back into their area could be forced to abandon his clean-up crusade in the New Year.

Earlier this year The Journal revealed how shops and offices in Waveney Road and Suffolk Road had teamed up with Waveney District Council to launch Grimewatch.

But the scheme set up by Kevin and Jane Bacon, from Bacon's Dozen - with support from Aquilla Computers, Health Care Homes, Pizza and Pancake, Woodbine Café, Tangle Free Hairdressers, Geezers, Perry's Fish and Chips, Claridge Investments and the cleansing department from the council - has hit a crossroads.

“For some months I and others have been trying to keep the road between Suffolk and Waveney Road clean,” Mr Bacon said.

“We have been picking up dumped litter and rubbish - but now we have decided we will probably have to stop unless those responsible for dumping it don't change their ways.”

The amount of waste being strewn across the back of the buildings is escalating despite the group's efforts, Mr Bacon revealed this week.

“The rubbish accumulates as fast as we clear it up. This lot in the picture at the back of the old Mission building (on Waveney Road) was back within an hour after I'd cleared the area and filled a bag with rubbish scattered on the road, and this keeps occurring despite us having words with the owners.

“It seems most unfair that a few thoughtless people can undermine what others try and keep looking reasonably tidy,” he added.

After pointing out the problems to the council this week, a cleansing team were sent out and the area was spruced up, but the efforts of the Grimewatch group could soon stop unless attitudes change.

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