7 March 2017

Volunteer litter pickers spring into action

Residents from across the city rolled up their sleeves, sprung into action and got stuck into the Great British Spring Clean events over the weekend.

Despite the unpredictable weather, residents turned out in force to take part in events and help rid their neighbourhoods of unsightly litter.

Working with support from Brighton & Hove City Council staff, and armed with litter pickers and sacks, dozens of volunteers got together to tackle litter hotpots across the city.

In Brunswick and Adelaide ward 25 residents gathered at Waterloo Street Community Gardens before setting out in groups collecting 20 bags of rubbish from the ward.

In Blakers Park a group of 10 adults and 9 children collected 12 bags of rubbish in an event organised by the Friends Group. One member commented: “We found the park to be pretty tidy, on the whole, with just one mysterious find - a mug of tea and shaving brush!”

Members of the Friends of Three Cornered Copse were delighted when 30 residents, including seven children turned out to support their event and collected 35 bags of litter.

And at Hodshrove Woods, volunteers collected 17 bags of cans, wrappers, plastic, glass, broken furniture, discarded toys, garden waste and two tyres!

The event planned for Bevendean was cancelled but has been rescheduled for Sunday April 9th.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee thanked all those who took part in events over the weekend. : “It’s great to see communities coming together to join the Great British Spring Clean and help us tidy up their neighbourhoods,” she said.

“Not only are they improving the appearance of their neighbourhoods they are also encouraging residents to take more care of their local environment too.”

The events marked the launch of the national Great British Spring Clean event, run by the Keep Britain Tidy Group.

There’s still plenty of time for residents, communities and businesses to come forward and volunteer to clean up their local area.

The council has plenty of special Great British Spring Clean sacks available for community clean up events .Equipment, including gloves litter pickers, brooms and sacks will be provided for anyone wanting to run or take part in an event and help rid the city of unsightly rubbish.

The council can also provide posters for communities and businesses to promote their events.

Anyone wanting to organise, or take part in an event should contact the Projects team on 01273 294726 or 01273 292929.  contractscityservices@brighton-hove.gov.uk