The eyes of the world will be on Northumberland this week as the Olympic torch winds its way through our beautiful county.
Northumberland County Council and partner organisations have been planning and preparing for its visit for many weeks, and want Northumberland to look its beautiful best.
The county council has been working with local communities to ensure that the route is clean and tidy, and street sweeping teams will be making last minute checks.
Working with Keep Britain Tidy and through its own LOVE Northumberland campaign the council is also asking local residents and groups if they can help with any last minute tidy ups, or with cleaning the routes after afterwards.
Councillor Alan Thompson, executive member for neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council said: “For 70 days the iconic flame is being carried through villages, towns and cities across the UK, with the eyes of the world watching. As it passes through Northumberalnd we need the support of everyone to make sure that the county is seen as its best.
“Our street cleaning teams will be making sure that the torch relay route through Northumberland is clean and tidy, and we welcome the support of local communities in ensuring that our county is litter free.
Keep Britain Tidy has been promoting tidy up kits and if you log in details to their very own Show the World webpage at www.lovewhereyoulive.org/showtheworld. you can upload pictures of your colleagues and friends in action, recording the following information:
· How many staff members took part
· How many bags of rubbish were collected
· How much distance was covered on the Big Tidy Up (half a mile, one mile lap around the office building etc)
It doesn’t matter how long you can clean for, it could be just around your office building’s perimeter or local streets, or you could take your litter-picking further afield. Every piece of litter you pick up will help us to show the billions of people watching the Olympic Games around the world that we strive for a cleaner, tidier environment.
Northumberland County Council can also support you with litter picking equipment for your activities. Please call 0845 600 6400 or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/love