UKIP launch litter pick to tidy up area

STREET CLEAN-UP: UKIP members Andy Hall, Owen Cleary, councillor Michael Wrench and Bill Hopkins will be leading the litter pick campaign.

BIN MAN: Councillor Michael Wrench on his day out with a Wyre Forest refuse crew.

BIN MAN: Councillor Michael Wrench on his day out with a Wyre Forest refuse crew.

BIN MAN: Councillor Michael Wrench, second from right, with members of a Wyre Forest refuse crew.

STREET CLEAN-UP: UKIP members Councillor Martin Stooke, Councillor Moz Alton, Councillor John Holden, Dave Hollyoak, Sophie Edginton, Councillor Michael Wrench, Councillor Paul Wooldridge and Bill Hopkins in Birchen Coppice estate.

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MEMBERS of a Wyre Forest political party are getting out their bin bags and litter pickers to spearhead a new campaign.

During each Saturday morning in August, various members of the area’s UKIP branch will be taking to particular parts of Wyre Forest to collect dropped litter.

UKIP councillor Michael Wrench, who came up with the idea, spent a day helping out one of the refuse crews on the Birchen Coppice estate in Kidderminster.

“I did the shift so, as a councillor, I get to experience first hand the kind of work they go through,” he said. “I wanted to see how much we rely on our waste services and to see for myself just how tough the job is by doing it.

“It was quite an experience. A few days later I was still aching from it as it is so physically demanding. People really do underestimate the work they are doing.”

Mr Wrench also helped the crew out again last week, experiencing a rural collection to see how it compares to the estate collection.

He is following in the footsteps of his father, Eddie, a former council worker, who was known locally as the singing road sweeper and was also a winner of a best community worker award in the 1980s.

Mr Wrench said: “UKIP believes we all need to do our bit and councillors should lead by example to encourage more community spirit by coming together to keep our areas tidy and safe for children to play.”

Local residents have been invited by Mr Wrench and his fellow UKIP members to join in with the litter collections over the next month.

Meeting at 9.30am each Saturday morning and running till noon, the first pick took place last Saturday in Birchen Coppice estate in Kidderminster, where members filled 25 bags of rubbish.

Mr Wrench said the amount of rubbish the group managed to collect in the time they were out was a great achievement.

“Despite it raining, quite heavily at times, we still went ahead, which is exactly the same for our council refuse workers, who have to go out in all weathers,” he said.

“However, the rain just made us even more determined to get as much litter collected up possible.

“We covered more than half of the estate, and many of the open areas that was being blighted by litter that had been dropped or blown all over, was removed. The difference was noticeable straight away.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the Wyre Forest Council Staff down at the Green Street depot in Kidderminster for supplying us with all the equipment for this tidy up campaign.”

The next litter pick will take place this Saturday (August 9) from the bottom of Queens Way in Wribbenhall, Bewdley.

The pick after that will meet at the Old Rose and Crown in Stourport on August 16 with the final litter pick taking place on August 23, meeting at the bottom of Usmere Road in the Sion Hill estate in Kidderminster.

For more information about the litter picks contact Bill Hopkins, branch chairman, on 07866 411659 or email bill.hopkins@hotmail.co.uk

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7:50pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Europeanist64 says...

Small recompense for having to pay a charge to see your doctor, as UKIP want you to do.
Small recompense for having to pay a charge to see your doctor, as UKIP want you to do. Europeanist64
  • Score: -15

11:48am Fri 8 Aug 14

sonofbaldwin says...

Europeanist64 wrote:
Small recompense for having to pay a charge to see your doctor, as UKIP want you to do.
........as do the Royal College of Nursing, senior GPs from the British Medical Association and Labour peer and fertility expert Lord Robert Winston.

Thats the Coppice sorted then, when are UKIP due in Brintons Park?
[quote][p][bold]Europeanist64[/bold] wrote: Small recompense for having to pay a charge to see your doctor, as UKIP want you to do.[/p][/quote]........as do the Royal College of Nursing, senior GPs from the British Medical Association and Labour peer and fertility expert Lord Robert Winston. Thats the Coppice sorted then, when are UKIP due in Brintons Park? sonofbaldwin
  • Score: -8

1:26pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Kidder-mister says...

Nice to see UKIP doing something positive for society!
Nice to see UKIP doing something positive for society! Kidder-mister
  • Score: -4

5:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jerome K says...

The Royal College of Nursing, senior GPs from the British Medical Association and Robert Winston aren't a political party. Neither are they a political party engaging in a populist gimmick in order to create the impression they are 'the party of the people'. Europeanist could also perhaps have highlighted UKIP's policies of scrapping paid maternity leave, raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons, scrapping your holiday entitlement or speeding up privatisation of the NHS. Shame you missed the point as usual SonofBaldwin. Perhaps that's why the new editor has wisely decided to wind things up on here, in the knowledge that the complete dearth of intellect on the conservative side can only harm the wishes & interests of The Shuttle's foreign based ownership. Yeesh.
The Royal College of Nursing, senior GPs from the British Medical Association and Robert Winston aren't a political party. Neither are they a political party engaging in a populist gimmick in order to create the impression they are 'the party of the people'. Europeanist could also perhaps have highlighted UKIP's policies of scrapping paid maternity leave, raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons, scrapping your holiday entitlement or speeding up privatisation of the NHS. Shame you missed the point as usual SonofBaldwin. Perhaps that's why the new editor has wisely decided to wind things up on here, in the knowledge that the complete dearth of intellect on the conservative side can only harm the wishes & interests of The Shuttle's foreign based ownership. Yeesh. Jerome K
  • Score: 1

12:05am Sun 10 Aug 14

Stephen Brown says...

You can't knock folks for wanting to improve the local environment but some perspective is needed and UKIP's policy on the cuts might need closer scrutiny. Indeed, the type of council worker whose job it is to keep our streets clean is just the kind of target for redundancy in times of austerity - and austerity is a policy UKIP supports and would accelerate. Cue the need for more volunteers doing the jobs of once paid staff...... One wonders if Mr Wrench's dad would have actually had a job at all under a UKIP government? Or indeed a UKIP run council.
You can't knock folks for wanting to improve the local environment but some perspective is needed and UKIP's policy on the cuts might need closer scrutiny. Indeed, the type of council worker whose job it is to keep our streets clean is just the kind of target for redundancy in times of austerity - and austerity is a policy UKIP supports and would accelerate. Cue the need for more volunteers doing the jobs of once paid staff...... One wonders if Mr Wrench's dad would have actually had a job at all under a UKIP government? Or indeed a UKIP run council. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 4

11:59am Sun 10 Aug 14

Wagtail59 says...

Very commendable. After Wyre Forest has been tidied up and United Kingdom independence achieved, what happens next? If UKIP fail to win the General election next year who would they prefer to run the country, Labour, Lib Dems or the Conservatives?
Very commendable. After Wyre Forest has been tidied up and United Kingdom independence achieved, what happens next? If UKIP fail to win the General election next year who would they prefer to run the country, Labour, Lib Dems or the Conservatives? Wagtail59
  • Score: 8

12:58pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Europeanist64 says...

After the litter has been picked up, I wonder when UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge is coming to hold his "Adolf Hitler speaking style classes?"
After the litter has been picked up, I wonder when UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge is coming to hold his "Adolf Hitler speaking style classes?" Europeanist64
  • Score: -4

6:15pm Sun 10 Aug 14

the batshake says...

Europeanist64 wrote:
After the litter has been picked up, I wonder when UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge is coming to hold his "Adolf Hitler speaking style classes?"
Those classes may be useful in dealing with europes german overlords.
[quote][p][bold]Europeanist64[/bold] wrote: After the litter has been picked up, I wonder when UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge is coming to hold his "Adolf Hitler speaking style classes?"[/p][/quote]Those classes may be useful in dealing with europes german overlords. the batshake
  • Score: -3

7:49pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Jerome K says...

.....err, Germany's no longer Nazi, unlike UKIP & many of their supporters & apologists. Expect Herefordshire MEP Bill Etheridge at a Wyre Forest UKIP dinner dance (goosetep) soon, I shouldn't be surprised. I'm sure the local party of Eric Kitson would welcome him with open (saluting) arms ;-)
.....err, Germany's no longer Nazi, unlike UKIP & many of their supporters & apologists. Expect Herefordshire MEP Bill Etheridge at a Wyre Forest UKIP dinner dance (goosetep) soon, I shouldn't be surprised. I'm sure the local party of Eric Kitson would welcome him with open (saluting) arms ;-) Jerome K
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Sun 10 Aug 14

sonofbaldwin says...

".....Eric Kitson would welcome him with open (saluting) arms ;-)..."

At the risk of being a pedant shouldnt that be saluting arm (singular)?
".....Eric Kitson would welcome him with open (saluting) arms ;-)..." At the risk of being a pedant shouldnt that be saluting arm (singular)? sonofbaldwin
  • Score: -3

8:56am Mon 11 Aug 14

Jerome K says...

Not really, there's more than one member of the local party hence the plural, but yes I see your point ;-)
Not really, there's more than one member of the local party hence the plural, but yes I see your point ;-) Jerome K
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Mon 11 Aug 14

sonofbaldwin says...

Jerome K wrote:
The Royal College of Nursing, senior GPs from the British Medical Association and Robert Winston aren't a political party. Neither are they a political party engaging in a populist gimmick in order to create the impression they are 'the party of the people'. Europeanist could also perhaps have highlighted UKIP's policies of scrapping paid maternity leave, raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons, scrapping your holiday entitlement or speeding up privatisation of the NHS. Shame you missed the point as usual SonofBaldwin. Perhaps that's why the new editor has wisely decided to wind things up on here, in the knowledge that the complete dearth of intellect on the conservative side can only harm the wishes & interests of The Shuttle's foreign based ownership. Yeesh.
With all due respect I feel youve has missed my point. Simply because a Political party has taken on board a sincere policy recommendation from such august bodies as those listed above doesn’t make the proposal a‘ populist gimmick’ -otherwise all political parties would be guilty of that!. Europeanist could indeed have listed the UKIP policies you mention, but he could just have easily mentioned such UKIP policies as the re-nationalisation of the railways, nationalision of the major energy companies (both of which polled over 75% support in a Yougov. poll of UKIP members) and ongoing criticism of ‘zero-contracts’
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Just a few examples of how UKIP are in some areas a good deal closer to Labour than many on the left would have us believe.
[quote][p][bold]Jerome K[/bold] wrote: The Royal College of Nursing, senior GPs from the British Medical Association and Robert Winston aren't a political party. Neither are they a political party engaging in a populist gimmick in order to create the impression they are 'the party of the people'. Europeanist could also perhaps have highlighted UKIP's policies of scrapping paid maternity leave, raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons, scrapping your holiday entitlement or speeding up privatisation of the NHS. Shame you missed the point as usual SonofBaldwin. Perhaps that's why the new editor has wisely decided to wind things up on here, in the knowledge that the complete dearth of intellect on the conservative side can only harm the wishes & interests of The Shuttle's foreign based ownership. Yeesh.[/p][/quote]With all due respect I feel youve has missed my point. Simply because a Political party has taken on board a sincere policy recommendation from such august bodies as those listed above doesn’t make the proposal a‘ populist gimmick’ -otherwise all political parties would be guilty of that!. Europeanist could indeed have listed the UKIP policies you mention, but he could just have easily mentioned such UKIP policies as the re-nationalisation of the railways, nationalision of the major energy companies (both of which polled over 75% support in a Yougov. poll of UKIP members) and ongoing criticism of ‘zero-contracts’ . Just a few examples of how UKIP are in some areas a good deal closer to Labour than many on the left would have us believe. sonofbaldwin
  • Score: -2

5:03pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Jerome K says...

sonofBaldwin - give up sunshine, you're embarrasing yourself......again. The populist gimmick is the litter picking. Doh! I fear for this country I really do. I'm not going to demean myself further in sinking to this buffoon's level.
sonofBaldwin - give up sunshine, you're embarrasing yourself......again. The populist gimmick is the litter picking. Doh! I fear for this country I really do. I'm not going to demean myself further in sinking to this buffoon's level. Jerome K
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Stephen Brown says...

Sonofbaldwin misrepresents UKIP policies on nationalisation.

UKIP is a pro capitalist pro privatisation party and favours the privatisation agenda. Renationalisation of energy and rail is not a UKIP policy so far as I know but a Yougov poll found that over 70% of UKIP voters supported Renationalisation - not the same thing as party policy.

Further evidence of a disconnect between what the public think UKIP stand for and what UKIP actually stand for - and the benefit of UKIP vagueness on policy to capitalise on misunderstandings by the electorate - gimmick politics going hand in hand with this to grab votes.

Farage came out against some use of zero hour contracts probably because of the public mood, others campaigns on it, and yes you guessed it - because it's a popular vote winner. In fact, UKIP is patently anti workers rights in so many areas. Just go looksy what they think of trade unions and the employee and employer relationship, they are not worker friendly resulting in some commentators calling UKIP policy on workers rights a "bonfire of rights" due to their view there should be no regulations around the employment contract. Worried? You should be. I hope closer to the election this UKIP policy con-trick will all be exposed for what it is.

Party of the people? Nope. Party of the establishment wrapped up in a banner of protest thanks to Farage's clever marketing and city stock broker background affording him privileges he'd rather most of us forget. It takes more than a fag in one hand and a beer in the other to fool some of us however Nige.
Sonofbaldwin misrepresents UKIP policies on nationalisation. UKIP is a pro capitalist pro privatisation party and favours the privatisation agenda. Renationalisation of energy and rail is not a UKIP policy so far as I know but a Yougov poll found that over 70% of UKIP voters supported Renationalisation - not the same thing as party policy. Further evidence of a disconnect between what the public think UKIP stand for and what UKIP actually stand for - and the benefit of UKIP vagueness on policy to capitalise on misunderstandings by the electorate - gimmick politics going hand in hand with this to grab votes. Farage came out against some use of zero hour contracts probably because of the public mood, others campaigns on it, and yes you guessed it - because it's a popular vote winner. In fact, UKIP is patently anti workers rights in so many areas. Just go looksy what they think of trade unions and the employee and employer relationship, they are not worker friendly resulting in some commentators calling UKIP policy on workers rights a "bonfire of rights" due to their view there should be no regulations around the employment contract. Worried? You should be. I hope closer to the election this UKIP policy con-trick will all be exposed for what it is. Party of the people? Nope. Party of the establishment wrapped up in a banner of protest thanks to Farage's clever marketing and city stock broker background affording him privileges he'd rather most of us forget. It takes more than a fag in one hand and a beer in the other to fool some of us however Nige. Stephen Brown
  • Score: -1

10:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

DOEPUBLIC says...

Well done for litter picking. But sad that it requires a photo shoot. Look forward to the UKIP guidance policy on how to use a dustbin.
Well done for litter picking. But sad that it requires a photo shoot. Look forward to the UKIP guidance policy on how to use a dustbin. DOEPUBLIC
  • Score: 2

9:42am Tue 12 Aug 14

Arsiep says...

"Throughout time there have been men to whom dust has been more important than life itself. From these ranks come four men prepared to fight valiantly on the side of dust, wherever the need may be. Joined together in this cause they are - THE FOUR DUST MEN."

You have to be an old codger to remember the TV series.
"Throughout time there have been men to whom dust has been more important than life itself. From these ranks come four men prepared to fight valiantly on the side of dust, wherever the need may be. Joined together in this cause they are - THE FOUR DUST MEN." You have to be an old codger to remember the TV series. Arsiep
  • Score: 1

10:21am Tue 12 Aug 14

sonofbaldwin says...

Jerome K wrote:
sonofBaldwin - give up sunshine, you're embarrasing yourself......again. The populist gimmick is the litter picking. Doh! I fear for this country I really do. I'm not going to demean myself further in sinking to this buffoon's level.
So much for a serious or interesting discussion then, Jerry.
Please dont demean yourself on my behalf, but do feel free to jump in when you feel you can contribute.
And keep paddling the boat Jerome.......

To take on board Stephen Brown's comment- yep, not UKIP policy per se but an interesting snap shot of how the UKIP 'masses' think maybe?

The tendency of mainstream politcal parties to dismiss UKIP as “fruitcakes” or “The BNP in blazers” is a very dangerous practice and shows a lack of understanding regarding the electorate.
UKIP -for better or worse- is now established on the UK scene and will not go away, and despite the series of astounding faux pas by some of its more idiotic members, continues to somehow maintain a solid core of support among disenfranchised voters who previously voted with ALL the usual mainstream parties.

LibLabCon will need to urgently re-assess just why current UKIP voters don’t appear to be returning to their traditional parties after the Euro elections , and prior to the forthcoming general election.
If the opinion polls are to be believed all the majors will lose some strategically important sections of their vote to UKIP.

And to be honest, given their complacency in recent years, it should serve as a huge wake-up call- but don’t hold your breath!!
[quote][p][bold]Jerome K[/bold] wrote: sonofBaldwin - give up sunshine, you're embarrasing yourself......again. The populist gimmick is the litter picking. Doh! I fear for this country I really do. I'm not going to demean myself further in sinking to this buffoon's level.[/p][/quote]So much for a serious or interesting discussion then, Jerry. Please dont demean yourself on my behalf, but do feel free to jump in when you feel you can contribute. And keep paddling the boat Jerome....... To take on board Stephen Brown's comment- yep, not UKIP policy per se but an interesting snap shot of how the UKIP 'masses' think maybe? The tendency of mainstream politcal parties to dismiss UKIP as “fruitcakes” or “The BNP in blazers” is a very dangerous practice and shows a lack of understanding regarding the electorate. UKIP -for better or worse- is now established on the UK scene and will not go away, and despite the series of astounding faux pas by some of its more idiotic members, continues to somehow maintain a solid core of support among disenfranchised voters who previously voted with ALL the usual mainstream parties. LibLabCon will need to urgently re-assess just why current UKIP voters don’t appear to be returning to their traditional parties after the Euro elections , and prior to the forthcoming general election. If the opinion polls are to be believed all the majors will lose some strategically important sections of their vote to UKIP. And to be honest, given their complacency in recent years, it should serve as a huge wake-up call- but don’t hold your breath!! sonofbaldwin
  • Score: 1

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