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Volunteers needed to help clean whole town in a day

3rd September 2013 Broxtowe Borough Council, Montrose Court Community Group, Stapleford Town Centre Management Group, The Meeting Place, Upcoming Events Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

THE biggest litter-pick and tidy-up in the history of a Notts town is set to go ahead.

The event – called Respect Stapleford – will take place on Saturday, September 14.

The clean-up will cover the majority of the town, with the morning session starting at The Meeting Place, Nottingham Road, Stapleford, at 10am.

Business owners have praised the scheme set up by Stapleford Community Group.

Lynn Plumb, owner of Two For Tea, in Derby Road, said:

“I am behind any idea that helps the town.”It is good to see that people care enough to do something like this.

“I always clean the front of my shop because you have to take pride in your area.

“There is a street cleaner and he does a good job but it is always nice to try and do extra.”

The morning session will concentrate on the town centre and will work its way down Nottingham Road and Derby Road.

Helen Blanshard, owner of Simply First Clothing, Derby Road, said:

“We don’t get anything up this end of town and it does need a clean.

“This will hopefully make all the difference.

“There has been a problem with litter for a while but if we had more bins we might not need to have an event like this.

“I am working on the day but will do my best to help out.”

The afternoon session will start at Montrose Court Community Centre, off Melbourne Road, at 1pm and will concentrate on the north of the town.

Leon Ball, owner of Blend Barbers, in Derby Road, said:

“We don’t have a litter problem in the centre of the town but when you move outwards or go down some of the side streets, you do see it. Covering the whole town is a great way to start again. It never hurts to have a tidy-up but this will really help the town for the better.”

Stapleford Community Group organised the event after being asked to do something by businesses.

Chairman Richard MacRae said:

“Some parts of the town look like someone has taken a bin and scattered the rubbish from it everywhere.

“This will be the biggest litter-pick the town has seen.

“We are hoping for at least 30 people to come and lend a hand.

“This is also about changing attitudes towards the issue.”

Broxtowe Borough Council is providing litter-pickers and also promoting its Love Where You Live campaign on the same day.

Council leader Milan Radulovic said:

“It is very heartening to learn of these types of initiative and to support those who help keep the borough clean.

“We have actively supported community projects such as these over the years where local people get involved and we will continue to do so.

“A clean-up took place in Eastwood to encourage people to take pride in the area.Broxtowe Borough Council’s cleaning team, helped by residents, descended on Hopkins Court, Wellington Street, Scargill Walk and Princes Street.

The event also aimed to promote recycling and reduce waste.

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