'Volunteer litter pickers wanting to clean up their community were denied 'grabber sticks' and told to carry out health and safety assessments by the local council.
Grandmother Annette Goold and friends Emma Harris and Donna Britton have been carrying out litter picks in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, for the past two years.
The group became fed up after seeing the increasing amount of rubbish in the area.
Ms Goold, 52, raised concerns about the mess at a council meeting, where she was told the authority would loan her equipment such as litter pickers to help their clean up attempts.
But she was told the equipment would no longer be available on the basis of health and safety.
The council also want the group to carry out a health and safety assessment if collecting rubbish on land the local authority owns.
Ms Goold said: 'A few of us have been doing informal litter picking on our estate and around the area for a while now.
'After speaking at the council, we were promised that we would be loaned some equipment to help with the task.
'We were then told that this would no longer be available - on health and safety grounds.
'It seems crazy for the council to refuse to lend us its equipment on health and safety grounds.'
Read more: Council BANS volunteer litter pickers from cleaning up and takes away their 'grabbers' unless they carry out health and safety checks - in case they fall into a ditch or wander into the road!
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