Crow goes to war on elastic band ‘menace’

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Chorley’s youngest councillor is going to war - on discarded elastic bands.

Matthew Crow was elected as councillor for the Coppull ward in May, and says residents are fed up of finding the red bands in their driveways and on the streets.

The 20-year-old believes they’re being dumped by postmen working for Royal Mail, who use them to wrap up bundles of letters before posting them.

He said: “I know it’s not a massive campaign to start with as a new candidate, but it’s important to the people of Coppull, so it’s important to me.”

Coun Crow came across the issue whilst campaigning for the seat earlier this year, and said it’s worse than dog mess in the area.

“We found that we were constantly picking up red elastic bands from the streets,” he said. “I must have collected about 100 of them.

“It’s a more common problem than dog litter, and although it’s not as offensive to look at, people are worried about their pets eating the elastic bands.”

He added: “We even found that about 20 had been left on a private driveway, which must have built up over time. It’s an increasing problem and it’s not acceptable.”

Now, Coun Crow has written to Royal Mail in a bid to put a stop to the nuisance.

“I think that’s the first step,” he said. “It is a national issue and it affects eight per cent of streets in Britain, so we’re adding Coppull’s voice to the concerns.”

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “Royal Mail uses biodegradable rubber bands because they are necessary when it comes to the effective sorting and delivery of the mail.

“Royal Mail regularly reminds postmen and women about the importance of avoiding litter.

“The vast majority of rubber bands are re-used by our people in delivery offices and mail centres across the UK.”