Residents come together to clear up their community

Community groups will be launching a purge against litter at a host of community litter picks taking place this Saturday (21 March 2015).

The day of action is part of the national Community Clear Up event which asks residents to tackle their favourite spots, whether it's clearing up a corner of the park, or giving their neighbourhood a spruce up.

Residents are being urged to roll up their sleeves and support the following events taking place on Saturday:

Cardea - meet at the Apple Cart pub at 11am. Organised by Cardea Residents' Association.

Central Park - meet outside the Buttercross Tearooms at 7.30am.

Park ward - meet at Victoria Gardens at 10.30am. The litter pick will include Century Square, Alexandra Road, Oxford Road, Stone Lane, part of Northfield Road and York Road.

Rivergate - meet at the riverside steps at the back of the Asda supermarket at 10.30am.

Glinton - meet at the chemist opposite the church at 11am. Residents will be joined by staff from the nearby MacDonalds restaurant.

Orton Waterville - meet at the top of Cherry Orton Road, near to the cycleway at 10am. Organised by Orton Waterville Parish Council.

Bretton - meet at Iceland car park at the Bretton Centre at 10am. The litter pick will tackle the woodland nearby, the entrance to the rugby club and the Bretton Centre.

Hampton - meet at Hampton Police Station at 10am. Organised by the local policing team.

Dogsthorpe and Welland - meet at Woodfield Millenium Park at 12noon.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for street scene, waste management and communications, said: "It's great to see that there are so many events taking place across the city as part of the national campaign to rid our streets and open spaces of litter. I imagine there are other events happening too which people have not made us aware of. If that’s the case, send us details so that we can promote your event on Facebook and Twitter.

“The more people who can attend the litter picks the greater the impact the events will have, so if you have time to spare on Saturday please lend a hand.

"It is frustrating to me and I imagine many of our residents that the vast majority of litter is caused by a small group of people. The mess they make limits how much we can enjoy our open spaces, damages the environment, impacts local business, affects house prices and costs us all money to clear.

"We can do something about this. By coming together on Community Clear Up Day as individuals, groups and organisations, we can take small actions to make our neighbourhoods better places to live and work and together make a big difference."

The Community Clear Up Day supports the council's Cleaner Greener campaign which encourages people to take pride in their city. It asks people to bin their litter, recycle and stop causing or report flytipping and graffiti.

Each year the city council spends more than £50,000 cleaning graffiti off walls and £230,000 clearing fly tips. More than £750,000 is also spent keeping streets clean of rubbish. That's money which could be better spent providing important services for local people.

On Saturday, people can share their clean-up efforts and pictures on social media using the hashtag #ClearUpDay.

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