Cleaner, Safer & Greener campaign day of action in Blidworth

2 November 2018

A MAJOR programme of work led by Newark and Sherwood District Council in the Quadrangle area of Blidworth has been hailed as a boost for the community.

Council workers were joined by staff and community volunteers and partner organisations in a day of action tackling issues such as litter, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

It was the second such day involving a major clear up of a residential area and a key part of the district council-led campaign, Making Newark and Sherwood Cleaner, Safer & Greener – a place we are all proud of. 

During the day, held on November 1, the team:

  • Collected 7.75 tonnes of litter and fly-tips , including  a bed, two TVs, two large paddling pools and four car tyres
  • Stripped out 2.5 tonnes of cuttings/green waste from trimming up hedges/shrubs.
  • Planted 90 shrubs and 300 bulbs
  • Spread three tonnes of mulch
  • Installed seven litter bins
  • Served seven community protection notices for ‘untidy gardens’
  • Signed up four young people as ambassadors for the council’s PAWS - responsible dog ownership - campaign
  • Handed out 100 dog poo bags
  • Stencilled more than  150 ‘clean up after your dog’ floor signs
  • Swept roads

Potholes were filled and gullies cleaned by Via East Midlands which provides highways services for Nottinghamshire County Council.

The overall aim was to coordinate the council’s resources and those of its partners and the community to tackle issues, building on the sense of pride and well-being in the community and the desire to maintain a clean environment.

Council leader David Lloyd said: “This was a tremendous team effort and it was brilliant that families were involved in what was a real partnership between the council, its partners and the community.”

Blidworth ward district councillors Yvonne Woodhead and Kath Arnold were both delighted with the results.

Councillor Woodhead, who is also a county councillor, said: “It was a fabulous day and I have had many positive comments from local people. The message is that: ‘We’ve been out, we’ve cleaned up and now it’s up to the people of Blidworth to keep it that way’.”

Councillor Arnold said: “I was very impressed. It was a definite improvement and shows to people that we do respond to their concerns.  It was great to see the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the staff and hopefully it will get the message out about the way we need to go.”

A specific focus was the eastern part of the village, south of Belle Vue Lane and north of Dale Lane and specifically the park off Sherwood Avenue.

Villager Amber Devine, who volunteered with her three children on the community litter pick, said: “I am always encouraging people to make sure they pick up their litter. To do otherwise is disrespectful to the environment. It is just so simple to dispose of your litter properly.”

Another villager Brian Marsh, who was joined by his two children with the litter-pickers, said: “As a family we always try to look after the area outside our own home and it’s important for the children to learn about looking after where they live.”

Partners who contributed  included   Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark & Sherwood Homes, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Via East Midlands, Nottinghamshire Community Housing Association, Active4Today and Idverde.

Nottinghamshire Police carried out speed checks on motorists and firefighters offered fire safety advice.

Newark and Sherwood Homes supported the deep cleanse of the area, with Street Wardens and Tenancy Officers helping with the tidying of the parks and open spaces, as well as hedge trimming and litter picking.

The district council would also like to thank the Rainworth and Blidworth People of Peace and the young volunteers from Sam’s Work Place in supporting the day by serving refreshments and the helpers from the St Andrew’s Mission Hall.

The work in Blidworth follows on from the first day of action held in the Yorke Drive/Winthorpe Road areas of Newark back in August and a third such day is planned in the town in the New Year.

The first day of action in Newark, held on August 30, was a resounding success with 13.5 tonnes waste collected along with two trailer loads of green waste and a large quantity of bulky waste.

To watch the video from the day visit our YouTube page.

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