Clean sweep for Salford residents
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Environment
City West customers Jayden Farnworth and Declan Jones get together to give the streets a clean sweep.
City West Housing Trust has been helping customers on the Armitage neighbourhood in Salford to brush aside the problem of fly-tipping and litter in their community.
Around 30 residents grabbed their brushes and took to the streets around Hulton Avenue to collect more than two tons of litter – including two skips and 24 bags full of waste.
City West’s Neighbourhood Officer Linzi Stone, has been speaking to customers living in the neighbourhood about the growing problem of fly-tipping and litter in recent months. As a result, Linzi and local customer Glenda Winstanley decided to host a day of action with the neighbourhood’s first ever ‘Sweepathon’.
Martyn Hague, Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “The community decided that enough was enough and it was time to do something about the problem.
“It was great to see people of all ages out in the streets helping with the clear up. We have made a big pledge to keep our neighbourhoods looking good while making sure that we have communities that our customers are proud to live in.
“The Sweepathon was something a little bit different, but it certainly captured the imagination of local people.”
The Sweepathon was followed by refreshments at the local community centre on Hulton Avenue, with all those taking part in the event entered into a raffle to win shopping vouchers.
City West is currently carrying out regeneration work to transform the area around Hulton Avenue with 13 new homes and a new retail unit being built at the Hulton Avenue development.