Spring is just around the corner, and Calderdale Council is preparing for a week of spring cleaning at sites across the borough.
After the success of last year’s campaign, the Big Clean 2014 campaign will kick off on Monday 17 March. Council teams will spend a week cleaning up areas across Calderdale, to ensure the borough is looking its best.
If community groups and volunteers want to get involved, they will be most welcome. Equipment and bags will be provided, and the Council will help with the removal of anything collected at the end of the day.
Volunteers will need to dress for the occasion. Strong, comfortable boots or shoes will be needed; perhaps also warm, waterproof clothing and headgear. Gloves are essential if litter picking by hand. Litter pickers and bags will be provided by SITA.
The clean up days are as follows:
Monday 17 March – Lower Valley areas (Brighouse, Elland, Greetland and Stainland, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and Rastrick wards)
Tuesday 18 March – Halifax Central areas – Skircoat (Meet along Manor Drive from 9:30am), Sowerby Bridge (Meet at Crow Wood Park from 12.30pm), Town (Meet at All Souls Cemetery from site 9.30am) and Park wards (Meet at Raven Street from 12.30pm)
Wednesday 19 March – Halifax North and East areas – Illingworth and Mixenden (Meet outside Mixenden Library at 1pm), Northowram (Meet at the corner of Belle Vue Road and Belle Vue Crescent at 9:30am) and Shelf (Meet at St Mathews Church, Bradford Road at 12:30pm) , Ovenden (Meet outside Shroggs Park on Lee Mount Road at 1pm) and Warley wards (Meet on ‘the green’ on Sandhall Green at 9am).
Thursday 20 March – Upper Valley areas – Hebden Bridge (Meet at Dodd Naze Community Centre at 9am), Luddendenfoot (Meet at Holmes Park at the park entrance at 9am), Ryburn (Meet at Ripponden Wood Recreation Ground at 9am) and Todmorden wards (Meet at Lineholme Post Office at 9am).
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:
“The Big Clean week is a great way to raise awareness and target areas which are in need of tidying up.
“The campaign is about helping people make a difference to their communities. Calderdale is a great place to live and by working together we can make it even better.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said:
“The Big Clean week made a real difference to improving the look of local areas last year, and I’m sure the campaign will be just as successful this year.
“I hope that along with Council workers, as many volunteers as possible will come and join in, and that the rest of the community supports the message that dropping litter or dumping rubbish is simply not on.”
For more information and times, or for groups that would like to be involved and carry out their own local clean up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and assistance.