Clean and pleasant local environments have a wide range of cross-cutting benefits, including improving public health and wellbeing and promoting the area's image in its drive to develop economically sustainable communities through the attraction of new business and residents.
The impact of COVID-19 has meant communities are now spending longer in their local environments, using them for recreation and exercise when all other options have been closed.
However, despite this new reliance on these areas, continuing budget cuts are beginning to take their toll, with public satisfaction levels falling as local authorities try to cope with fewer resources.
Walsall Community Litter Watch -tackling litter issues within Walsall through engagement with all aspects of the community.
Richard Upton & Beth Deeley, Volunteer Coordinators, Walsall Borough Council