Elaine Down, the contact manager for the Clean and Tidy Team, was welcomed to the meeting.
An overview of the work undertaken was given, noting that as much of the waste generated is recycled as possible with this either being in situ by creating habitat piles, or at Council waste recycling sites.
Members noted the variety of reactive work undertaken, including requests from the public, Councillors and the Area Council. This varied from litter and fly-tipping removal, to cutting shrubs and watering planters.
The meeting heard of the proactive work also undertaken, which included removal of detritus in Penistone Town Centre and regular litter picking in local laybys.
With regards to engaging volunteers, it was noted that 22 events had been held, with 90 new volunteers engaged and 940 hours given by volunteers. Much of the work with volunteers was undertaken along the Trans-Pennine Trail, but the team had also worked with local groups, such as at Saunderson Gardens, and with local businesses, such as Lavender International.
Attention was drawn to the work with young people, and under the ‘Love Where You Live’ banner, acknowledging that both areas were currently under target. Members were made aware that 75 young people had been engaged, and 3 events held that were targeted at young people.
Plans were in place to accelerate progress in the July-September quarter and these included projects with schools, with St. Saviour’s Church and around St. Mary’s Well.
Members questioned whether a
calendar of events was produced to highlight where the team would
be operating. It was noted that one was
produced fortnightly and would be circulated.
The meeting discussed the moss outside Penistone Town Hall and solutions to deal with the issue. It was agreed that this be sprayed with weed killer and swept clean, with planters moved if necessary to avoid people walking in this area.
A question was asked regarding how volunteers were engaged and how they were supported so that they could continue the work without the support of the team. It was noted that a letter had been written to all Parish Councils to make them aware of the work of the team, and a number of schools had also been engaged. Support had already been given to community groups and their volunteers in the area. This ranged from to passing on skills in such as pruning, or to just supporting by providing equipment for them to use.
RESOLVED that thanks be given to the Clean and Tidy Team Manager for her attendance.