Council urges residents to join the Great British Spring Clean campaign

28 Feb 2017

Northumberland County Council is  backing a national campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities this weekend and is calling on volunteers to come along and get involved.

The council has organised  litter-pick events in Alnwick, Hexham, Ashington and North Seaton which will all  start at 10 am and finish at noon this  Friday, 3  March.

The clean-ups will take place in :

Hexham - meet on Maiden's Walk near to junction with Allen Drive

Alnwick - meet outside Alnwick News shop on Upper Barresdale

​Ashington - colliery rows between Milburn Road and Hawthorn Road - meet on Milburn Road close to entrance to Central First School.

​North Seaton -  Paddock Woods North Seaton Roundabout to Woodhorn round about  meet at woods near to North Seaton roundabout.

Launched this year, The Great British Spring Clean is a national clean-up weekend running from 3-5 March.

TV wildlife presenter and children’s favourite Steve Backshall is lending his support to the campaign, which is backed by anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.

Northumberland County Councillor  Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services said:

“  The spring clean  is a great  chance for people to work together to help improve their neighbourhoods. We are urging residents to spare just a couple of hours of their time on Friday and come out and get involved. ”

Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

There are also a number of other neighbourhood clean-ups taking place across the county and the council will be also be supporting these by providing litter pickers, hi-visibility vests, gloves, and rubbish bags and picking up the refuse afterwards.  For more information contact nicola.wardle@northumberland.gov.uk