BOXING trainer Brendan Ingle’s daughter has challenged Meadowhall managers to help pack a punch in the fight against litter blighting streets near the centre.
Brendan takes youths who train at his Wincobank gym out on regular litter patrols.
But his daughter Bridget, a community volunteer in Wincobank, has asked him to stop litter-picking on the routes between the suburb and Meadowhall, because she believes it should be the shopping centre’s responsibility.
Bridget said: “The litter coming out of the shopping centre and transport interchange is a significant problem. My father picking up the litter is not a long-term solution and that is why I asked him to stop.
“His time is better spent in the gym, keeping the kids there out of prison.”
Bridget said there has been an ‘unbelievable’ build-up of fast-food packaging on routes to and from the shopping centre.
And Brendan said: “I can’t see why Meadowhall can’t contribute – it is a multi-million-pound operation.”
Bridget said she has also challenged South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which runs Meadowhall Interchange, over litter, but the organisation said it ‘does not have the resources’ to clear litter away from its property.
Coun Peter Price, whose Shiregreen and Brightside ward on Sheffield Council includes Wincobank, backed Bridget.
The Labour member said: “People living around the fringes of Meadowhall do get a bit of a raw deal in terms of litter and traffic.
“You can’t blame Meadowhall completely, but a place like Meadowhall ought to make some kind of contribution and be more socially-responsible.”
A Meadowhall spokeswoman said: “We welcome and support community initiatives to help combat littering and provide bins and recycling facilities across the premises.
“Meadowhall considers all requests for help and, where possible, offers assistance be it through time, resources or otherwise as part of a commitment to corporate social responsibility.”
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