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Great British Spring Clean

Christie McFarlane, Community Development Officer, will present a report on the initiatives that have taken place during the Great British Spring Clean across the North East Area Council communities.


Christie McFarlane, Community Development Officer for the North East Area Council, delivered a presentation about the Great British Spring Clean in the North East Area, which took place between 28th May and 13th June 2021.  A number of ‘before and after’ photographs were shown, depicting the improvements carried out across various locations.  The Ward Alliances, Residents groups, the Scout group, school children and volunteers were involved, resulting in 160 volunteer hours, 77 bags of waste collected, equating to £2192 in volunteer hours.


Members were then shown a video of a litter picking event which took place on 3rd and 4th July 2021 at Storrs Mill Lane, Crook House Lane and Edderthorpe Lane, organised by local volunteers Janet and Alan Mason in collaboration with 74 volunteers and residents, Barnsley Community Build (BCB), Highways staff, Neighbourhood Services, Councillors and MPs and the North East Area Council Team.  The video showed ‘before and after’ images of the areas cleaned up and the litter pickers hard at work.  First Aid was available from Lambda Medical staff and refreshments for the volunteers were donated by Cllr Pauline McCarthy, Janet Mason and the North East Area Ward Alliance.  The aim was to clear rubbish from a 2 mile stretch of land between Cudworth and Darfield.  350 bags of rubbish and 5 tonnes of tipped waste were removed, making a huge positive environmental impact.    


RECOMMENDED that Members note the presentation and video and the benefits to the local environment of the huge efforts made by volunteers to clean up their communities.