Litter clean-up group looking for more help

FENS residents are being encouraged to join a team of volunteers working to keep their neighbourhood looking clean and tidy.

Around once a month, the team of community-spirited residents get together to clear litter from green space around the estate.

And the group is looking for more helpers who can spare a couple of hours a month to help their efforts.

Litter pick organiser Keith Galloway said: “It is a nice walk and that’s why we want to keep it nice. It’s a shame to have litter there at all.

“In previous years we did it around once a year, but this year we have decided to try and do it each month.

“It is really well worth keeping up to scratch.”

The group has carried out three litter picks so far this year and in March they collected 16 heavy-duty bagfuls.

Keith added: “What we have picked up would fill a big skip.

“A lot of stuff has been there for a long time like plastic bags and cans, bottles and crisp packets from kids.”

The initiative has won support from Hartlepool Countryside Wardens, which provide manpower and equipment for events, as well as from the ward councillors.

They focus on the green belt of land from the bottom of Catcote Road to the edge of the beck and along Newark Road.

The picks run from March to October and usually take place on the first Thursday of the month.

The next one is scheduled for July.

Retired Keith, of Catcote Road, added: “It is a community thing. It introduces people to an area they may not be familiar with but sometimes it is hard to get people to join.

“It has made a big difference to the area.”

If you would like to get involved in the project, contact Keith on (01429) 275675.