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Giving East Northants a spring clean

Published Wednesday, 25 May 2016

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

With spring well underway, friends, neighbours, litter clean-up groups, local businesses and schools are getting together to help tidy up East Northants’ high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.

ENC is helping by providing groups with everything they need for a clean up, including litter pickers, gloves, and hi-vis vests. ENC also picks up and disposes of the rubbish collected and advises on what to do if any dangerous or harmful materials are found.

Last weekend Higham Ferrers Town Council rallied volunteers to Clean for The Queen, as part of an anti-litter campaign to clean up the UK in time for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

District Councillor and Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Cllr Pam Whiting, said: “We managed to clear quite a bit from the Vine Hill Drive moat, Bury Close and Station Road. Cllr Jackson even fetched out a shopping trolley from the cup and saucer moat!”

In March, the Stanwick Environment Project (STEP) teamed up with members of the Stanwick Pocket Park Group (SPPARK) for a joint effort to give the village a thoroughly good tidy up.

Tim Page, member of STEP and SPPARK, said: “Over 30 residents, both young and old, took to the streets and surrounding countryside to take part in the annual litter pick.

“The usual items of litter such as fast food packaging, cups, cans, plastic bottles and crisp packets were all found in abundance and once all this had been bagged up it was plain to see how much people treat the country side and the roadside verges as a tip.

“Larger items were also found including BBQs, tyres, bricks/rubble and broken glass, which had been thrown over the back of a garden fence onto a public foot path. Not to mention dog poo in plastic bags. Lost for words.

“A huge thank you to 2nd Raunds Scouts and everyone from Stanwick and beyond who gave their time. Also, thank you to ENC’s Waste Management Team for their support.”

Leader of the Council, Steven North, added: “We value town and parish councils and groups like STEP and SPPARK who give up their own free time to help make sure our public spaces are kept litter free. I’m really pleased to see so many communities signing up to borrow our litter picking equipment. Together we really can make a difference.”

To book equipment for your own spring clean, please call 01832 742026.