People power needed for Community Clear Up Day

Malvern Hills District Council is encouraging residents and businesses to get in touch and take part in a nationwide Spring Clean Day as part of a nationwide initiative in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.

To mark the start of Spring a national community clear up day is taking place on Saturday 21 March, where communities and businesses will take part in helping spruce up their much-loved villages, parks, residential and business areas.

MHDC are offering the use of their community kits available for individuals and organisations. The kits include litter pickers, black sacks, gloves and hi-vis vests. MHDC will also arrange all the bags to be collected after the event.

The latest figures suggest councils in England spend more than £800 million every year on street cleansing. By joining together in this national tidy up day the nation could be helping towards freeing up millions of pounds that could be spent on other vital public services.

Cllr. Bronwen Behan, portfolio holder for environmental services said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to bring people and communities together, getting out and about in the fresh air, whilst making a difference to these attractive areas we live in."

She continued "Local residents have a great pride in where they live, and by taking part in this rewarding activity their small actions can transform local areas and spaces so people can continue the enjoyment of our beautiful towns and countryside."