Editor’s com­ment

EADT Suffolk - - EDITOR’S COMMENT - JAYNE LINDILL, Editor, EADT Suf­folk jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Ip­swich, on your ‘Love Your Street’ cam­paign. Rightly or wrongly, the county town comes in for a bit of stick, but this ini­tia­tive should re­store our faith in civic pride. Let me ex­plain.

Ip­swich Bor­ough Coun­cil has launched a clean-up cam­paign af­ter in­creas­ing con­cern about the amount of lit­ter be­ing dropped around the town, and about the im­pres­sion it leaves on res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. It’s re­cruited a res­i­dents’ army to try to keep the town clean, start­ing with a lit­ter-pick on the Water­front which was sup­ported by McDonalds.

The idea is that Love Your Street will spread through­out the town dur­ing what’s left of sum­mer, and into au­tumn, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to use lit­ter bins and to help keep their own neigh­bour­hoods clean, as well as the high pro­file town cen­tre.

There are al­ready silent armies who go out with their grab­bers on their daily con­sti­tu­tional and fill plas­tic bags with other peo­ple’s rub­bish

Love Your Street has a mas­cot – Digby, the blue oc­to­pus mu­ral on the side of a silo on the Water­front, cho­sen, said cam­paign or­gan­iser Gly­nis Wood, be­cause his ten­ta­cles rep­re­sent the fact that it takes a lot of help­ing hands to tackle lit­ter. Digby brand­ing will soon ap­pear on the sides of waste ve­hi­cles and bins, hope­fully prompt­ing peo­ple to get be­hind the cam­paign.

Now it’s easy to be cyn­i­cal about these things, to be­lieve that they change noth­ing. But the prob­lem of peo­ple foul­ing the places where we live and work is so se­ri­ous that we have to start some­where. There are al­ready silent armies who go out with their grab­bers on their daily con­sti­tu­tional and fill plas­tic car­rier bags with other peo­ple’s rub­bish. I’ve seen the looks some peo­ple shoot at them, the same looks re­served for geeks and weirdos. But we should ap­plaud them – and even join them – be­cause there’s noth­ing weird about a bit of civic pride and who doesn’t want to live in a clean en­vi­ron­ment.

An­other thing I want to bring to your at­ten­tion this month is for­mer EADT editor Terry Hunt’s cam­paign to raise money to buy more de­fib­ril­la­tors for Suf­folk. Terry re­cently suf­fered a heart at­tack and it’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say he owes his life to one of these ma­chines – and the passer-by who promptly came to his aid with CPR. Hav­ing dis­cov­ered that the county town is rather short of de­fibs, Terry and his sis­ter, Karen, are em­bark­ing on a long dis­tance walk of the Suf­folk Coast to raise money to buy more de­fibs for Ip­swich and Fram­ling­ham, where Karen lives. Read all about it, and find out how to sup­port Terry and Karen on page 17.

Love Your Street vol­un­teers at the Ip­swich Watwer­front lit­ter-pick in front of cam­paign mas­cot Digby

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