A community litter pick which took place recently by Clacton town centre residents was hailed as a ‘A good deed and well done’ by all concerned.
Residents from The Grove and Hayes Road, Clacton on Sea, collected four bags of rubbish with resources supplied by Tendring District Council. “Litter is always a problem in our road. People don’t think before they drop it, then it blows off into someone’s garden and they just walk off.” Stated Douglas Neil who was one of the residents participating.
The residents are all part of Good Neighbours, a local group who hold their monthly coffee mornings on the last Saturday of every month in Clacton town centre. Residents get together, make friends, and if there are issues of concern, they talk about how best to resolve it. They do this by either working together such as the litter pick or in other ways for example, by contacting other agencies to help.
“The day went really well” said Emma Hazleton, HILL Community Development Officer at CVST. She went on to say “It was great to be working with the local community on a project that makes a direct difference not only to the people who took part, but to neighbours and to the immediate environment. The area look so much better and the residents had a real sense of achievement which they talked about over coffee and biscuits after the litter pick. A few minor issues were reported to Tendring District Council who thanked the group and there were some different ideas agreed for future activities and for fundraising.
We’re looking forward to supporting local people with more events like this. Anyone can come along to the coffee mornings to meet other Clacton residents and share ideas – the group are moving forward!” she said.
Contact Emma Hazelton, Community Development Officer for further details on 01255 425692. The Good Neighbours group is part of the Lottery funded project Healthier, Independent, Longer Lives (HILL) run by CVST.