Community spirited volunteers are being sought to support the environment and help to give South Tyneside a spring clean.
South Tyneside Council has joined forces with South Tyneside Homes to support the national Great British Spring Clean campaign, with a series of organised litter picks taking place across the Borough over the coming weeks.
The initiative, which is led by Keep Britain Tidy and runs from 22 March to 23 April, aims to raise awareness of the impact of litter on the environment.
Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: "We are delighted to be able to support the Great British Spring Clean this year. It's a great way to highlight and tackle environmental issues while bringing people together to do something positive that will make a visible difference. The vast majority of residents take a great deal of pride in their local communities, so we're sure we won't be short of volunteers eager to get involved in the clean-up activities.
"Litter blights our streets, parks and open spaces and can damage the natural environment. Through the Great British Spring Clean as well as our #LoveSouthTynside campaign we are keen to help promote civic pride and highlight how small actions, such as taking part in a litter pick or reporting flytipping, can have a huge impact on our communities. We hope as many people as possible will get involved."
Litter picks have been organised to take place in each of the Borough's five areas: Jarrow and Boldon; Hebburn; East Shields and Whitburn; Riverside and West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon.
They are being held from 9am to 11:30am on:
|Saturday 23 March||Jarrow Central area||Outside Jarrow Focus in Cambrian Street|
|Saturday 30 March||The Wynde area of South Shields||Junction with The Wynde and Harton Lane|
|Saturday 6 April||Hebburn||Entrance to Jubilee Court|
|Friday 12 April||Rekendyke area of South Shields||Corner beside St Jude's and Living Waters churches, Laygate|
|Saturday 13 April||Harton Moor area of South Shields||Junction of Temple Park Road and Grindleford Court.|
Those interested in taking part are advised that suitable clothing and footwear must be worn - trainers, open toed sandals or heels are not appropriate. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. A South Tyneside Homes representative will give a talk beforehand on the safe handling of litter.
For further information about activities in South Tyneside to support the Great British Spring Clean visit the Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/whatson or follow #LoveSouthTyneside on Facebook.
More details about the Great British Spring Clean is available at www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk