Southwell’s Spring Clean

Posted on: Tuesday, March 22, 2022

A number of activities to help make Southwell a Cleaner, Safer and Greener place has been planned for the spring.

On Wednesday 30 March, Newark and Sherwood District Council will be joining forces with Southwell Town Council, partners and volunteers to give the area a spring clean; from taking part in litter picks and installing new recycling bins, to collecting bulky waste and holding a consultation on plans for a new skate park; the day is hoped to enhance the beautiful town for residents and visitors.

Ahead of the day, officers at the District and Town Council took part in a walk-around in the town and located several areas which will be tackled during the spring clean.

One of the main areas of focus will be the current skate park on Park Lane which is tired and in need of investment. As a result, the Town Council will be consulting on the day with students at the Minister School to get their opinion on what the skate part should look like in the future and what equipment should be brought in.

Other activities on the day include:

  • Leafleting of cars outside the local schools, to try to mitigate future idling
  • Work over speed safety with both the police and community speed watch
  • Litter picking with volunteers and students from local schools
  • Giveaway of dog waste bags
  • Installation of new recycling bins
  • A Councillor drop-in surgery
  • Community Protection Officers will be patrolling green spaces engaging with the public and advising them of the controls that are in place
  • Cleaning in the Market Square

The Councillor drop-in surgery will take place outside the Library at the Bramley Centre on King Street in Southwell. Councillor Penny Rainbow, Councillor Peter Harris and District Commander for Newark and Sherwood Police Inspector Matt Ward will be there from 11am until 12noon.

The activity in Southwell follows eight highly successful days of activity in the last three years, including three in Newark and one each in Ollerton, Boughton, Southwell, Clipstone and Blidworth, which have each been targeted at each area’s specific needs.

Newark and Sherwood District Council Chairman and Southwell Town Councillor Cllr Penny Rainbow, said: “We’re really excited about this day of activities and we hope to make a real difference to the local community. We’re planning to take part in many green initiatives which aim on improving the local environment be it installing more bins or doing a litter pick.”

Newark and Sherwood District and Southwell Town Councillor Cllr Peter Harris, said: “We’ll be doing lots across the town and I hope residents see the difference we make. One thing we’re keen on getting completed is the consultation on the skate park. We have budget to spend on new equipment and to improve the area and we want the skaters and the scooterists who use that area to tell us about what needs to change.”