Shabby isn’t chic! Community clean-ups on offer
COMMUNITIES across the district have been sprucing up where they live, work and play – and others are being encouraged to do likewise in 2016.
This year, 22 groups of friends, neighbours, litter clean-up groups, local businesses and schools got together to help tidy up the East Northamptonshire’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.
They had some valuable help from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) – which provided the groups with litter pickers, gloves and hi-vis vests and also picked up and disposed of the rubbish collected, advising on what to do if any dangerous or harmful materials are found. If your community is in need of a tidy-up, the council can help – book equipment by calling: 01832 742026.
Most recently, Councillor Richard Lewis organised a community litter pick in Rushden. This was a shared effort between ENC, Rushden Town Council, Spire Homes and Rockingham Forest Housing Association (RFHA).
Cllr Lewis, treasurer of Hayden Flag, said: “On behalf of Hayden Flag I would like to thank ENC for their support and generous supply of pickers and other equipment.
“We managed to fully clear up the main problem areas and litter picked the whole of the Birch Road area. Thanks to Spire Homes and RFHA who supplied the skips, which were filled in just two hours! I was pleased to see such a good turnout of residents who gave up their Saturday morning to tidy up their neighbourhood. One kind resident even made a mountain of bacon sandwiches and coffee for the volunteers! Community spirit at its best!”
Leader of the council, Steven North, added: “We value the likes of Hayden Flag who give up their own free time to help make sure our public spaces are kept litter free. It’s great that so many communities signed up to borrow our litter picking equipment this year and I hope many more make use of this opportunity in 2016.”
Pictured above – FINE EXAMPLE: Cllr Lewis is pictured with some of the recent clean-up volunteers. One of the skips was full in less than two hours!