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Cleaning up our community streets

PUBLISHED: 12:20 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:44 06 July 2010

MORE community-minded volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in to clean up their streets.

As part of The Journal's Tidy Town campaign, the cleansing team from Waveney District Council has been working with groups and individuals to get rid of fly-tipping and general rubbish.

MORE community-minded volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in to clean up their streets.

As part of The Journal's Tidy Town campaign, the cleansing team from Waveney District Council has been working with groups and individuals to get rid of fly-tipping and general rubbish.

And the Blundeston Skatepark Committee and the Friends of Gunton Woods are two such organisations disposing of the rubbish.

Members of Blundeston Skatepark - Simon Lewis, Helen Jermy, Catherine Ives-Keeler and chairman Wendy Dawson - met up with police community support officer Sue Kershaw and helpers to tackle the litter in the play and skateboard area and removed several bags of rubbish.

The Friends of Gunton Woods were also busy clearing a wooded area of litter and larger items such as tyres and camping equipment.

Mike Daniels, head of cleansing at Waveney, said it was really pleasing to see an increase in the number of volunteers taking part in litter-picks and clear-ups.

“It proves there is real community pride and spirit out there and I do hope people appreciate their hard work. Those involved should be really proud of their achievements and we are always delighted to lend a hand removing the waste.”

On a less positive note, Mr Daniels said complaints about dog fouling in Lowestoft were on the increase, with a number of incidents reported near schools, the lane beside Grove Primary being a particular concern.

He said: “The lane was resurfaced to give the young children a nice safe surface to walk on and the council has placed a special bin at the end of the lane near the school, due to the volume of dog foul in the area. However, certain dog owners are still failing to pick up after their dog. This is the height of laziness and shows a clear disregard for other users of the footpath.”

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