ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners held a stall at the Buttercross earlier this month to help raise the awareness of plastic consumption in Winchester.

The stall was one of the many events organised by the city’s Plastic Free Team as part of their campaign to achieve the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community Status.

Passers-by were handed ‘bingo’ cards featuring ideas to help them use less single-use plastic products.

The team also spoke about an e-petition, that has recently been approved by the city council, to install drinking water fountains in the city centre.

Councillor Lynda Murphy said: “Free drinking water would have the additional benefit of reducing litter in the city centre, thus saving the council money in collecting it as well as reducing the nuisance it causes to residents.

“As I said in my speech to conference, it can be imaginative - in Paris they have sparkling water fountains.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have one here?”