More than 20 community clean-ups carried out by groups in East Northants

The community clean-up in Rushden organised by Cllr Richard Lewis with the help of East Northants Council

The community clean-up in Rushden organised by Cllr Richard Lewis with the help of East Northants Council

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Communities across East Northamptonshire have been sprucing up where they live, work and play with a little help from the council.

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.

The community clean-up in Rushden

The community clean-up in Rushden

East Northants Council (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.

Cllr Richard Lewis recently organised a community litter pick in Rushden.

It was a joint effort between East Northants Council, 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 on October 24.

It’s great that so many communities signed up to borrow our litter picking equipment this year

Cllr Steven North

“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 turn-out 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.”

ENC council leader Steven North said: “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.”

If you would like to book equipment for a clean-up, call 01832 742026.