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Walter’s back to get rid of your rubbish
4:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
AFTER 12 weeks of uncertainty over the future of his community-minded work, a Shipston stalwart who has been disposing of town rubbish for 30 years is back in action.
Walter Emms, of Warwick Lane, makes collections in his cart and takes items to the tip, sometimes in return for ‘a couple of quid or a packet of fags’ but his main objective is to help people out.
However, the 60-year-old was told by Warwickshire County Council recently that he would not be allowed to take rubbish to the tip on foot for health and safety reasons.
But all that changed last week after the community rallied around him and after meetings between county, town and district councillors, a solution has been reached.
Mr Emms has been issued a licence which lets him go to the tip once a day after 3.15pm when it closes to the public.
“I’ve just been fed up with waiting. I’m looking forward to going back up to the tip,” he said.
He also received backing for his ‘community waste service’ at last week’s town council meeting. Councillor Philip Vial said: “Walter is somewhat of a tradition of this town. This is a common sense solution to a problem that shouldn’t have occurred in the first place.”
Baggy Saunders, who owns town pub’s the Horseshoe Inn and Black Horse Inn, said: “He is an icon of Shipston, a very necessary part of it. Shipston is a quirky old town and it’s ruddy good to see Walter with is cart around it keeping it clean.”
District councillor Jeff Kenner, who has been campaigning for Mr Emms with councillor Richard Cheney, said: “I think a good solution has been proposed.”
A spokesman for Warwickshire County Council said: “Warwickshire County Council had to stop Mr Emms from walking... as it’s against council policy and dangerous.
“He will now be able to take household rubbish to the Shipston recycling centre at the times agreed by the county council when there will be no cars entering the site."
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