Newtown looks as good as new after community clean-up
Young Newtown volunteers lend a hand on the day
Volunteers took to the streets to tackle litter hot spots and help Newtown look as good as new.
The day was organised by the Newtown Neighbourhood Forum in partnership with Birmingham City Council, house builder Keepmoat, Mercian Housing Association, Midland Heart and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and the Boys Brigade.
The 35-strong team were joined by enthusiastic volunteers from the local community and residents who collected a staggering 40 bags of rubbish.
Dennis Hamilton, Chair of the Newtown Neighbourhood Forum said: “It was fantastic to see the community turn out to lend a helping hand in cleaning up the neighbourhood.
“The Forum are committed to activities such as these which give such a lift to the area, it looks incredible now and it’s all thanks to our dedicated supporters and the volunteers who showed up through out the day.
“We decided to organise the clean-up in Newtown and have had nothing but support from the local housing associations and companies working in the area.”
Sending in much needed troops, Mercian Housing Association and Midland Heart manage and own over 1,000 properties in Newtown, while The ExtraCare Charitable Trust recently launched its Pannel Croft Village which provides independent living for Birmingham residents over the age of 55.
Keepmoat, who sent volunteers to bolster the numbers, delivered Pannel Croft Village and is currently developing Horizon – a housing development that is part of the wider regeneration across Newtown.
To keep the litter pickers going, the midnight community bus was on standby to serve hot drinks and refreshments courtesy of the partners.
Local resident, Mrs Rollins of Frankfort Street said: “It’s made such a difference already, it was brilliant to see so many volunteers turn out from our community to help out, especially young volunteers!
“Rubbish in our area is such a nuisance, we hope we’ve made people think a little more and show as much pride in their area as we all do. It was lovely to meet other supporters from local associations helping to clean up Newtown. I hope this makes a difference to Newtown residents.”