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Campaign launched to clean up Havering

PUBLISHED: 12:54 31 October 2012

Cllr Barry Tebbutt

Cllr Barry Tebbutt

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Havering is set to get a tidy up as part of a new £250,000 campaign.

Called Cleaner Havering Campaign, the project is set to see volunteers taking part in clean up days around the borough.

Cabinet member for environment, Cllr Barry Tebbutt said: “In times of belt tightening and cut backs we’ve still allocated a quarter of a milllion pounds to address the issues residents highlighted to us back in the spring.

“The Cleaner Havering Campaign is planned as a long term initiative, not only tacling the immediate problems such as dog mess and litter, but it also aims to change the behaviour of the few residents who seem to act without thinking.

“We want to create a cleaner borough for everone.”

The first clean up is set to take place in Elm Park to prepare for the illuminating Elm Park festival in November.

It will see council staff, volunteers and residents joining together to clear the area of litter.

The council has also bought 100 new bins and will be installing them across the borough.

New seating will also be install in parks and town centres, lighting will be improved, as well as street trees and shurbs.

The campaign was launched after the results of the council’s Spring Clean survey in April.

In the survey residents highlighted the three main issues that they thought the council should address, these were dog mess, littering and tackling vandalism,

Residents also asked for more rubbiush bins, benches and seats as well as trees and plants, better street lighting and a general tidy up of town centres.

Cllr Tebbutt said: “Thousands of residents took part in this survey and we have listened closely to what they wanted to tell us.

“You said it and we’re doing it.”

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