The important role of community litter picking groups has been recognised by the Council in an official Chairman’s reception held at the Guildhall, Bath.
Over 100 volunteers were invited by the Council to the event to thank them for their hard work during the year. It is estimated that some 1,000 full bags of litter and detritus have been collected by volunteers since the start of 2012 – equivalent to around 30 tonnes.
Councillor Rob Appleyard (Lab, Westfield), Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council, added, “We want to say thank you to the people of Bath and North East Somerset who volunteer their time to clean-up their community. It is sterling work going on which is being recognised by this event. Their work is truly appreciated.”
One of the volunteers who attended was Westmoreland resident Colin Blackburn, community clean-up volunteer and snow warden. He said, “There is great enthusiasm out there for people taking pride in their community, rolling their sleeves-up, and getting involved in clean-ups. The high number of people invited to the event shows that communities are realising tidy streets is a partnership between the Council and residents. Not just the Council on their own.”
Because there are so many clean-up volunteers in the area, the Council is holding two events for people in Bath and also North East Somerset.
Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said, “The Council’s Neighbourhood Teams work hard to keep the streets as clean as possible from litter, graffiti, and detritus. But the role of local people in making their communities a pleasant environment to live in is also very important. The litter picks and clean-ups across the area that our Neighbourhood Teams have supported have really made a big difference to the street scene.”