Birmingham Street Cleaned Yet Again

Posted: November 30, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another tricky litter pick on Sunday morning with the rubbish spread on both sides of Birmingham Street from the Viaduct to the Ring Road.

The majority of the rubbish we collected was around The Gym Group car park, back and front of the Premier Inn, the walled area near the Ring Road and on the opposite side of the road where the houses over look Birmingham St.  

The team of Dave, Dawn, Jon F, Doug, Ivor, Tony, Helen, Dave W, Jan (incl Henry – apologies for missing you both off the photo below) and Roger did another excellent job collecting 20 bags of rubbish, pieces of plastic, 5 litre plastic tubs and a mattress (found by Ivor). Unfortunately the fly-tipping on the banks in front of the houses in Birmingham St (which is covered in small trees and shrubs) we couldn’t get to.

This has been reported to Dudley MBC Street Cleaning, but they don’t have any spare resources to clear this rubbish, therefore it’s probably for sometime in our 2023 litter picking schedule. Also the Drug Den we reported to the police in our last visit to Birmingham St is still there and this is being followed by local councillors.

It is very pleasing to report that we did get plenty of support from passing pedestrians and motorists while we were picking up this rubbish and one of the team from the Premier Inn came and thanked us with a box of Chocs which will be passed on to a local Food Bank. 

NB This was our last litter pick of 2022 and our first of 2023 will be on 8th January from Hawbush Community Centre, Brettell Lane starting at 10am.

Please note that we are also trying to organise a Christmas get together for the team at the Waggon and Horses, Worcester Street, Stourbridge to thank you for all for the your brilliant work this year. Therefore please make sure you don’t miss any messages from Dave C.   

Posted: November 15, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Quite a tricky litter pick on Sunday 13th November with the rubbish in two separate locations of Bells Lane.

The majority of the rubbish we collected was near the top of the cycle path about halfway down Bells Lane, the rest was at the end of Bells Lane in the Woods and on the edge of the Stour which was very muddy.

The team of Dave, Dawn, John C, Jon F, Doug, Ivor and Roger who were brilliant collecting 12 bags of rubbish, a stop sign, road barriers, car tyre, a traffic cone, a large piece of plastic, an old bike and tent out of the river.

A special mention to for the great work of Doug, Dave and Dawn who managed to get all the kit to the pick without the van. We also stopped at 11am for 2 minutes of remembrance.

Next up…

Sunday November 27th 10am Brewers Fayre, Premier Inn, Birmingham Street, Stourbridge

Fast Food Filth

Posted: October 31, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

An excellent turnout this on Sunday 30th October in Mill Race Lane including newcomers Jade & Jim.

We had 15 volunteers who did a brilliant job with litter spread far and wide over quite a difficult site.

Dave, Dawn, Jim, Jade, Stuart, Jan (including her dog Henry), Janette, Chris, Tony, John, Dave W, Doug, Martin, Ivor and Roger collected 20 large compactor sacks of rubbish, plus 4 small black bags, 3 traffic cones, 1 shopping trolley and a car front bumper. Apologies for missing Jade, Stuart and Tony off the photo below.

Every time we visit this area it’s very disappointing to find so much fast-food packaging and it’s a pity that McDonalds, KFC, Costa and Greggs plus their customers can’t do more to keep their parts of this site litter free. 

PS the next litter is Sunday 13th November at Bells Lane, Wordsley starting at 10am.

Posted: October 17, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another difficult litter pick on Sunday 16th October 2022 mainly because of initial lack of litter.

After finding little rubbish in Bryhill Drive we found plenty in Bull Street (just off Brettell Lane) and Doug then reminded us that there was a lot on the other side of Brettell Lane (opposite Bryhill Drive).

We therefore split the team, who did a brilliant job,  into 2 and had a bumper haul of rubbish (see photos below)

Our 9 team members today were: Doug, Jan & Chris, Jan and Henry her day, Dave W, Tony, Dave & Dawn and Roger – collecting 21 large and small bags, a mattress, large plastic water carrier, suitcase, bits of metal and plastic and part of a slide.

Change of Meeting Point Sunday 16th October

Posted: October 15, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

We are now meeting at 10am in Bull Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3RA, due to a lack of litter at the original meeting point.


Posted: October 3, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another difficult litter pick on Sunday around Collis Street mainly because of the amount of heavy metal (wheelbarrow, trolley, oil drum, office chair and other bits & pieces).  

We found a kiddies slide in the trees on the banks leading down to the playing field plus some long pieces of plastic found at the bottom of Collis St.

Our team of Dave, Dawn, Doug, Martin, Tony, Ivor, Rachael and Roger plus newcomers Jas and Stuart did a brilliant job as can be seen from the photos below. Apologies for not getting Ivor, Jas and Stuart on the photo.

PS the next litter pick is Sunday 16th October Brythill Drive, Brierley Hill DY5 3LU

Another Lye Clean-up

Posted: September 20, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Another brilliant job on Sunday 18th September by our team of 11 –  Dave & Dawn, Dave W, Rachael, Helen, Tony, Ivor, Jan, Roger and new recruits Arthur & Elaine (on temporary loan from another litter picking group who arrived at Kinver by boat) plus Henry (Jan’s dog).

It was a good job we had a strong team out as Lye was very bad as usual and also very satisfying as it was our first pick of our Autumn/Winter schedule.

We covered Bott Lane, Engine Lane, Lye Station steps and a bit of Jackson St – photos below show the full extend of our work which included, 25 black bags of rubbish, reclaiming 6 traffic cones, a load of wood, 2 gas bottles, a large window, a fly-tipped set of ceramic toilets, a syringe and empty packets of pain-killer tablets. Also please see below photos of fly-tipping in Jackson St Car Park that we weren’t able to collect that, Dudley MBC will be informed. Extra thanks to Ivor for picking up Arthur & Elaine from Kinver.

PS the next few litter picks are:- October – Sunday 2nd Collis St DY8 4EE, Sunday 16th Brythill Drive Brierley Hill DY5 3LU, and Sunday 30th Mill Race Lane DY8 1JN  

Next Litter Pick

Posted: September 13, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

Sunday 18th September 10am

Bott Lane, Lye, Stourbridge. DY9 7AW

The area around Engine Lane will be cleared up.

Winter 2022/2023 Planning Meeting & Social Event.

Posted: September 5, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

We now need to plan for the next 6/7 months, so join us for a drink and a sandwich kindly laid on by The Robin Hood in Collis Street Amblecote from 7pm on Sunday 11th September 2022.

As there was no get together in December 2021, this will be a bit of a social too, we say get a taxi and have a drink or 3… It would be good to see TS volunteers past and present at this one.

Birmingham Street Clean Up

Posted: August 18, 2022 by tidystourbridge in Litter

It was another very hot litter pick on Sunday 14th August 2022 which our team of Dave & Dawn, Dave W, Rachael, Martin, Helen, Roger and new recruit David Edwards managed very well in the conditions.

We collected 20 black bags and traffic bollard, plus a large for sale sign and keep fit equipment. There was also a drug den we found in the trees on the right hand side of the first car park near the entrance to the Council Refuse Site – we will report this to the police.

A number of broken bottles smashed against a wall near the Viaduct. There was a lot glass about which was difficult to pick up until a man walking a dog came along and went to his home and fetched a dustpan and brush which made the job much easier, the before and after photos below show the results of our efforts.

PS Next litter pick – this was the last pick of our Summer schedule so we’ll let you know when the scheduling meeting for our Autumn/Winter plans plus celebrating all the brilliant work of the team throughout the summer will be (likely date is Sun 11th Sept at the Robin Hood). Any suggests for litter picks are very welcome.