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People power spruces up regenerated West Bromwich estate

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Published by kerri smith for Lyng Community Association in Housing and also in Communities

The Lyng estate's litter pick The Lyng estate's litter pick

Residents of all ages took to the streets to help spruce up a newly regenerated estate in West Bromwich.

A team of 15 local people turned out for the litter pick on the Lyng, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Eager volunteers collected 22 sacks of rubbish from around the estate in just two-and-a-half hours during the event, which was organised by Lyng Community Association (LCA) in partnership with Sandwell Council and the police.

Rachel Jennings, Community Development Officer at LCA, said: “People of all ages came out to take part, which was great. There was a lot of interest from passers-by who congratulated them on what they were doing.

“The young people, in particular, got a lot out of it – they enjoyed feeling that they were doing something to improve the place where they live.

“We plan to hold three litter picks each year on the Lyng – and we hope the next one will be even bigger and better.”

The next litter pick will be on Thursday, July 24, from 10am to 1pm. Sandwell Council’s Youth Bus will be there offering various activities for young people, and the Eco Bus will be on hand to provide information about waste and recycling.

Redevelopment work on the Lyng has been going on for the last few years, including the building of more homes, a children’s play area and public open space. LCA owns 190 homes for affordable rent on the estate, with another 10 currently being built.

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