Community pulls together to clean up area

Published: Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Members of Blackthorn community pulled together on Saturday, 9 December to clean up parts of the area.

The community clear-up took place in Longmead Court, Pikemead Court and Croft Meadows Court and saw the team of volunteers collect 20 bags of litter, gather up and book fly tipping, cut back overgrown vegetation and identify environmental issues.

The cleaning, which was organised by Northampton Borough Council, involved volunteers from the neighbourhood warden and community safety and engagement teams, Northampton Partnership Homes, Free 2 Talk Youth Club, Blackthorn Good Neighbours and members of the community.

After the cleaning the team of volunteers headed to Blackthorn Community Centre to enjoy a hot drink, mince pies and musical performances by Northampton Town Brass Band.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Fly-tipping and littering is a concern for many people in our town. We hope that our focus on enforcement will help to change this type of behaviour and keep our town clean and safe.”

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “It’s been great to see so many people coming together to improve their local area.

“We hope that the group will continue to work together to keep their area clean and to inspire other areas to organise community clean-ups of their own.”