Rotherham gets behind clean-up campaign

Published Thursday, 17th March 2016
Cleaning the heart of steel
Pictured (from left) are Diane Keay (Mears Customer Care and Community Manager), Stuart Roddis (Streetpride), Heart of Steel artist Steve Mehdi, Chelsea Miller (Mears apprentice), Graham Fields (Streetpride) and Joe Madlock (Mears apprentice) who all contributed to the clean.

People from across Rotherham have come together to hold a series of clean up events across the borough.

Rotherham Council was backing the national “Clean for the Queen” campaign between March 4 – 6, organised by Keep Britain Tidy and Country Life magazine.

Clean ups took place in Maltby, Thurcroft and Eastwood, where local people got involved to clean up their streets and took the opportunity to fill community skips with unwanted items.

Friends of Ulley Country Park also held an event, picking up litter from the roadside near the park, tidying flower beds and removing nettles.

The Council’s Streetpride service is already identifying areas of the town centre to tidy up ahead of this year’s “Right Royal” Vintage Hop event on Saturday 11 June – which links in with celebrations for the Queen’s official birthday weekend – and will be working with local businesses to help spruce up the area on April 23 and 24.

Rotherham’s Heart of Steel sculpture has already had its own clean up, and artist Steve Mehdi was on hand as Streetpride’s graffiti removal team and apprentices from the Council's Housing Partner Mears cleaned the heart with a special solution to get it looking its best.

Steve said "I'm delighted (and very proud) that the Rotherham Heart of Steel has become such a popular point of interest in Rotherham town centre. The Heart sits well with all the improvements taking place in Rotherham and we want to keep it looking its best.”

Advisory Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Kath Sims, said: “We have already had a great response from local people who turned out alongside our Streetpride staff to do their bit to keep their local community tidy.

“The Council is always happy to support community clean ups and we can help by providing litter picking equipment and refuse sacks.

“If you’d like to get involved in a clean-up or litter pick, just go to the Council website and fill in our online form and we’ll supply you with any equipment you might need.”

A clean-up of the embankment near the Tesco store, Biscay Way, Wath will take place on Saturday (19 March) from 10am. Anyone interested should meet at the car park near the cricket club on Moor Road.

Anyone wanting to take part in forthcoming clean-ups, or who wants to organise their own event, can find out more on our webpages.

Organise a clean-up event

Join an organised clean up