Following a community led project, residents and agencies in Leigh Park have made a big impact to the area.
Over 160 volunteers got involved in a week long project called ‘Clean up for Summer’.
Organised by the Leigh Park Community Led Planning Team, the week involved a number of different schools, community and church groups taking part in litter picks in local opens spaces, woodlands and play areas.
Having previously asked residents about issues that affect them their biggest concerns was litter, dog mess and fly tipped waste, so the Community Led Planning Team were pleased that the clean up week was so successful. The enthusiastic volunteers collected over 80 bags of litter in total from various locations.
To help build on the success of the week and keep Leigh Park clean all year round, the team are now asking organisations to adopt an area that is significant for them and continuing to litter pick and help to keep the area clear all year round. Fly tips should be reported to Havant Borough Council and can be done in a number of ways.
Councillor Yvonne Weeks, responsible for Ecomony and Communities said “Havant Borough Council are already working to eradicate the problem of litter and dog mess through the ‘No ifs, no butts’ and ‘Pick Up or Pay Up’ campaign work by issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone found to be dropping litter or do not clean up after their dog. However I think that with the help of the community in this way it shows that we all want the same, a clean borough in which to live, work and enjoy.”
Groups that took part included Sharps Copse and Warren Park School, St Francis Church, Friends of the Hermitage, 1st West Leigh Scouts, Leigh Park Community Centre, Community First’s V Team (a team of supported volunteers), Riders Cubs and Beavers, amongst others. The week was support by different organisations including Havant Borough Council, Groundwork South, Park Families, Community First HEH and Asda.