A CULTURE change is required to stop people littering the roadsides and laybys of Moray.
That was the view of the council's communities committee, which met this morning when the "preventable cost" of cleaning up the blight was raised.
Councillor Derek Ross said the council should not have to pick up the tab for the needless expense and called for an awareness raising campaign asking those responsible to take pride in the area, instead of trashing it.
The Speyside Glenlivet elected member said: “One of those things that crops up in all councillors’ mail boxes and at meetings is litter at the side of the roads and litter in the communities generally.”
During a time when the council is cutting services, Councillor Ross said money was being thrown away paying for squads to keep the area clean. He added: “The litter is being dropped by people in our community and we need to foster a pride in our communities and a pride in Moray. It is a beautiful area and we need to keep it that way."
Councillor Donald Gatt (Keith and Cullen) had also been approached by residents on the eyesore and went on to raise the issue of plastics and other rubbish on the area’s beaches. Tenant representatives at the meeting said discarded cigarette ends and chewing gum were a further blight on Moray’s beauty.
Councillor Ray McLean (Elgin City South) encouraged his fellow committee members to get involved in community litter picks, while Keith and Cullen representative Theresa Coull said the focus should be on educating people to take their own litter home, rather than having other people pick it up for them.