West End residents come together to tackle litter in their community to solve ‘ongoing problem’
The clean-up has been organised by the environmental residents association, Greening Wingrove.
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Residents of Newcastle’s West End will come together tomorrow (Saturday, April 1) to tackle a litter problem within their community.
The clean up operation has been named the ‘Great British Spring Clean’, and has been organised by charity, Keep Britain Tidy. The UK wide campaign will see residents across the country work together to tidy up their home towns and cities.
Newcastle West End is one of many UK towns taking part in the clean up campaign, naming theirs ‘The Great West End Spring Clean’, which is led by local environmental residents association, Greening Wingrove.
Greening Wingrove’s main focus is to bring the community together through making their area a better place to live, by tackling various environmental issues.
As part of the ‘Great West End Spring Clean’, Newcastle’s West End residents will tackle the streets in Arthur’s Hill, Fenham and Wingrove, beginning at 11am.
Alistair Ford, Greening Wingrove board member, said “Those of us who live in the West End know that litter is an ongoing problem on our streets. Whilst we know this problem can’t be solved overnight, we want to bring local residents together on the 1st of April to show the power of community action and connect people in the West End who want to live in a cleaner, litter-free environment.
He added: “We hope this will start to build a network of community activists who can work together to stop litter on their streets.”
Residents have been asked to self-organise and carry out a small ‘litter pick’, around their own house, street or back lane. Local businesses have also been asked to take part, cleaning up the area around their premises.
Jacquie Scollen, Greening Wingrove community organiser, added “We really hope this is a chance for people across the West End to reconnect, to come together, and to help make our environment a cleaner, greener place for us to live.”
“We know a lot of people and businesses are concerned about the amount of litter across the West End. Clearly, there are wider initiatives that are needed to tackle the problem at source, and we hope to continue to work with local businesses, councillors and council officers to address that. But we hope that the Great West End Spring Clean will be the start of stronger community action on the issue.”
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