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Residents' praise for Grimewatch helpers

PUBLISHED: 12:55 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 05 July 2010

PRAISE has been paid to the new Grimewatch project being rolled out by business people in Lowestoft's town centre.

A group of shop owners from Waveney Road and Suffolk Road have teamed up with Waveney's street cleansing manager Mike Daniels and his team, to keep their streets cleans.

PRAISE has been paid to the new Grimewatch project being rolled out by business people in Lowestoft's town centre.

A group of shop owners from Waveney Road and Suffolk Road have teamed up with Waveney's street cleansing manager Mike Daniels and his team, to keep their streets cleans.

And in a selfless gesture, they have put their hands in their pockets to buy litter pickers, bin bags, gloves and brooms to supply to other groups who would like to clean up the areas in which they live or have a business.

Mr Daniels said since the scheme was launched he has received a number of enquiries about local litter picks.

“A number of neighbours are getting together to clean up their area and we are only too pleased to assist them. We will be supplying equipment to help them do the job and taking the rubbish away for them when they have finished.”

Gloria Honeywood, who lives in Grand Avenue, wrote to The Journal congratulated the scheme for putting pride back into the town.

She said: “We are a throw away society and many people seem to take that literally, dropping their waste wherever it suits them. Let us all get involved in Grimewatch and put litter bugs to shame.”

An entry on the local website Lowestoft Online suggested starting a similar scheme in Kirkley, although doubt was placed on how successful it would be.

It read: “I think if there was a chance of getting a group together to clean, it would be a complete waste of time. There are workers from the council who do come along often and have a clean round, the truck will also come and get the fly tipped junk as well, but they are fighting a losing battle because nowhere stays clear for very long.

“I know this is the wrong attitude for me to have, but it kind of disheartens you if you are prepared to clean up the area just for idiots to go mess it up again, so I really do applaud those who get out there and have a clean up for their community.”

If you want to organise a clean up, email operations@waveney.gov.uk or telephone 01502 523468.

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