Community clear-up success

Future Jobs workers for Durham County Council cleaning up as part of the One Street at a Time project.
Future Jobs workers for Durham County Council cleaning up as part of the One Street at a Time project.

A COMMUNITY clear-up has removed tonnes of rubbish from the streets of a quiet village.

The One Street at a Time scheme returned to Horden after a successful sweep of Eleventh Street last year.

The new effort saw the terraces and lanes running from Eight Street and Thirteenth Street scoured for unwanted waste, fly-tipping and large items which were making the area look untidy.

Ten skips and 17 truck loads of rubbish was removed, with good pieces of furniture set to be given a new lease of life through a recycling project.

Containers were put on street corners and a leaflet drop made to hundreds of houses inviting residents to clear their homes and yards.

The week of action saw offenders, given unpaid work as part of court punishments, work alongside volunteers and Durham County Council’s green and clean teams and anti-social behaviour officers.

The clear-up, which was co-ordinated by Horden Colliery Residents’ Association, also drafted in people who were working on the Future Jobs scheme, which aims to help the unemployed find work.

Member Pat Barnett said: “The co-operation from the residents was tremendous.

“They all came out laughing and joking with us and one woman said we had made her spring and summer because we had taken rubbish from her next door neighbour’s garden and it means she’ll be able to sit outside and enjoy her own garden now.

“The difference it has made has been terrific.”

The project also allowed the association to launch a survey, with forms dropped through the letter boxes of 182 homes.

They have asked tenants to list who their landlord is and detail any issues they have with drains and guttering to help a further programme of works.

The association’s next meeting will be in St. Mary’s Community Hall, off Blackhills Terrace, at 5pm on Tuesday, April 19.