Joining forces to Love Where You Live

Published Wednesday, 16th November 2016
Community Skip at Dinnington
Residents and staff at the Scarsdale Street clean up

Residents and council staff from across the borough joined forces to give their neighbourhoods a clean-up last week as the Council’s Love Where You Live campaign gains momentum.

In Dinnington, a community skip was provided on Scarsdale Street and Rotherham Council staff helped remove fly tipping and graffiti as well as street cleaning.

Residents turned out in force to help litter pick and a large amount of rubbish was cleared from the area thanks to everyone's efforts!

Meanwhile in Swinton, local people joined their three ward councillors, Ken Wyatt, Stuart Sansome and Victoria Cusworth, for a litter pick and community skip day on the St John’s Estate as well as some well-used country footpaths in the area.

Residents had the opportunity to dispose of any rubbish they had accumulated, filling the skip within a couple of hours. 

Local Councillor Ken Wyatt explained: “Swinton Ward Councillors have been committed to carry out a monthly clean up sessions at various locations in the ward for quite some time. We have some dedicated volunteers who come out with us on most occasions but it’s also great to be joined by local residents who just want to help out in their own neighbourhood. We can’t always get a large skip funded but even spending some time with litter pickers and bags it is amazing how much rubbish can be collected.”

It was a similar story in Dinnington, with the community skip quickly filled. Steve Lavin from the Rother Valley South Area Assembly team said: “The appearance of the area is much improved following the clean-up and the challenge now is for the residents to maintain this. I would encourage any resident who is interested in getting involved in doing this to contact us by phone or call into our office at Dinnington Resource Centre.”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: "I'm really pleased that more and more local communities in Rotherham are getting involved and helping keep their area looking great. 

"We’d love to hear from anyone who wants to get involved – just get in touch with us and we’ll provide all the necessary equipment and support."

Other recent community clean ups by the Swinton ‘Womble’ Team include Creighton Woods, with local Scouts and the ‘Friends’ group helping; a Dearne and Dove Canal clean up with Swinton Lock and Canal and Rivers Trust staff and a community clean on the Fitzwilliam (formerly Patio) Estate. In December the team will dress up in festive costumes for a fancy dress litter pick, which is becoming something of a tradition!

Further community skip days have been planned across Rotherham on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 22 November – Musgrove Avenue,Thrybergh
  • Thursday 24 November - The Crescent, Dinnington
  • Friday 25 November - Woodsetts
  • Thursday 8 December - Limetree Avenue, Kiveton Park

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