Residents come together to improve community

Published Thursday, 10th April 2014
Anti-social behaviour focus of community engagement event
Community action

Residents of a Rotherham community took to their local streets this week to pick up litter.

On Tuesday, April 8, around 40 volunteers from different sections of the community got together to carry out a grand litter pick in Eastwood village.

The event was organised after local residents got together and decided they wanted to help improve their neighbourhood by making it a cleaner and more pleasant place to live.

The volunteers, who all live in the area, were supported by Rotherham South Area Assembly officers, as well as various other partners. These included Council Streetpride workers, wardens, the Integrated Youth Service, the local Childrens Centre and South Yorkshire Police, as well as the Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance, RMAARI, and 'Eastwood Can'.

The Youth Service bus also provided much-needed refreshments to the  volunteers.

The three local councillors, Barry Dodson, Shaukat Ali and Emma Wallis, who represent the Rotherham East ward, also took part.

Cllr Dodson, who is also Chair of the Rotherham South Area Assembly, said it was brilliant to see how many people joined the event.

He said: "The residents know that the Council doesn't have as much money now because of government cuts, and so it is good to see that they have taken this on board and are doing a little bit more for themselves. Myself and my ward colleagues will continue to support them as much as we can."

Cllr Wallis said: "It was smashing to see Eastwood residents pulling together as this shows the great community spirit that is very much in evidence in the area. The residents actually wanted the clean-up – they just asked us to help them organise it, and it was great to be able to support them."

Cllr Ali added: "I applaud all the residents who took part. It is marvellous to see people from all sections of the community working together to improve their neighbourhood, and hopefully this will be the first of many events like this."

The residents will be meeting again to arrange more litter-picks in the area in the future.