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Praise for litter pickers who bring “real and noticeable difference” to Bexley’s streets

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 September 2017

The borough's litter pickers were thanked at a ceremony this week

The borough's litter pickers were thanked at a ceremony this week

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A ceremony to praise their hard work was held on Tuesday

The many groups that pick up Bexley’s litters were praised at a ceremony this week.

With more than 200 litter pickers, the borough has a growing army of volunteers keeping its streets clean, and all of those volunteers were celebrated at a gathering on Tuesday.

Youth, community and church groups, as well as many individuals who work on their own all gathered at the Civic Centre in Bexleyheath where they were personally thanked by the mayor of Bexley, Peter Reader, the leader of the council, Teresa O’Neill and cabinet member Peter Craske, who deals with community safety, environment and leisure.

All of the volunteers are provided with equipment and support.

Cllr Craske said: “We organised the event to thank the volunteers for all the work they do and to encourage more people to get involved. The scheme started a couple of years ago and now we have more than 200 people. We are all really grateful for the work they do to keep the borough looking its best.”

At the event the volunteers enjoyed a buffet and were offered a choice of specially embossed polo shirts to thank them for the work they do.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Reader said: “I am hugely impressed by the commitment the volunteers bring to the scheme. There is a real and noticeable difference in the appearance of our streets, parks and open spaces thanks to the work they do.”

In her thank you, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE added: “Complaints about the cleanness of our streets have gone down significantly this year, and the team of volunteers can be very proud of the part they have played in that.”

“We spend nearly £3 million a year on street cleaning and we are constantly looking for ways to tackle the increasing amount of litter people dispose of thoughtlessly. We’ve reintroduced a litter picking service along key roads, we’ve invested in some new and improved litter bins, and we will soon be taking delivery of a new machine to deep clean our town centres. We introduced a new enforcement service last year to take a robust line on those who are the cause of the problem. We have also launched an education programme in our schools this year about littering, building on the successful work that already takes place to encourage recycling‘’.

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