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Council supports community clean ups

Published Monday, 23 November 2015

Communities across the district are sprucing up where they live, work and play with a little help from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).

This year 22 groups of friends, neighbours, litter clean-up groups, local businesses and schools got together to help tidy up East Northants’ high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.

ENC provides groups with everything they need for a clean up, including litter pickers, gloves, and hi-vis vests and also pick up and dispose of the rubbish collected and advise on what to do if any dangerous or harmful materials are found.

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).

Councillor Richard 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 on 24 October.

"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."

To book equipment for a clean up, please call 01832 742026.