A NEW scheme has launched in Bexley that encourages people to report “grot spots” in their area.

Community Champions calls on residents to volunteer to report any unsightly things they come across in their normal day to day activities.

Each volunteer is equipped with a smartphone which allows them to easily photograph and report incidents such as litter, graffiti, fly-posting, fly-tipping, spilt refuse and full litter bins.

The scheme is funded by Bexley’s waste collection and street cleaning contractor, Serco.

Bexley Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor Gareth Bacon said: "This is an exciting initiative that means residents will be able to help us keep their communities clean.

"They can report any grot spots that they come across in the borough during their day to day activities.

“We hope that Community Champions will find it rewarding to know that Bexley will be a little bit tidier thanks to them."

Anyone interested in volunteering should visit bexley.gov.uk/communitychampions or call 0208 303 7777.