All the Mayors of Lancashire visited the litter trap today and were please to see it removing floating debris. The litter trap installed in Blackburn with Darwen Borough will also improve the look of the catchment downstream as the river flows through Chorley and South Ribble, where Action Darwen Valley intends there will be a concerted effort of river clean ups.
At a site visit on Monday the Chairman of Action Darwen Valley (Bruce Bendell) and I discussed how we can remove litter that is already in the River Darwen downstream of the litter trap. We're planning to have a big clean up throughout the catchment, starting from the litter trap downstream and hope to work with local volunteers on the banks. By also involving other partners we should even be able to remove huge items like this unsightly pallet truck, which is silted into the bank just next to the litter trap (how and why these things end up in the river is beyond me!).