Oct 10 2011 By Camilla Goodman
The Chesham and Amersham conservative group cleaned up a stretch of the River Chess in Waterside, Chesham at the weekend.
CHESHAM and Amersham Conservatives were out in force on Saturday to pick-up litter and clear a stretch of the River Chess in Waterside, Chesham.
Leader of the group councillor Mark Shaw said: "As a group of local politicians we believe there's more to local politics than meeting upon meeting. We feel we should also be out working and improving our communities and making ourselves more accessible to local people. We had a great time clearing up and what was even better we were able to recycle much of the rubbish we collected."
The Chesham & Amersham Association members filled more than 12 sacks of rubbish including empty bottles, drinks cans and a large quantity of plastic carrier bags. They also removed some larger items from the bed of the Chess including a for sale sign and metal sheeting.
St Mary's and Waterside district councillor Peter Hudson was among the volunteers rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in. He said: "I think that it's important for local councillors to be actively involved in the communities they represent and not just remote figure heads."
The clean-up was part of the association's social action programme which aims to provide practical support to improve local communities across the Chiltern district.