One week to go until Day of Action

21 August 2018

Residents of two areas of Newark are being invited to join Newark and Sherwood District Council staff and a team of council and community volunteers to take part in a litter pick.

Yorke Drive and Winthorpe Road/Wheatsheaf Avenue and Harvest Drive in Newark will be the focus of an intensive Day of Action next Thursday, August 30, involving works to tackle issues such as litter, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

It is the first of three specific days focusing on different areas of the district and is a key part of the district council-led campaign, Making Newark and Sherwood Cleaner, Safer & Greener – a place we are all proud of.

Residents of both areas will have a central role to play in the day’s activities and are being invited to help join in community litter picks which will run alongside the council’s deep cleaning operations.

Joining the council’s waste management teams in the mission will be district council staff volunteers, including Chief Executive John Robinson, as part of a new volunteering policy initiative which enables employees to devote a day of their time a year to voluntary and community projects.

The overall aim is to coordinate the council’s resources and those of its partners and the community to tackle issues, building on the sense of pride and well-being in the community and the desire to maintain a clean environment.

Among the actions scheduled for the day are:

• A ‘deep cleanse’ of the Yorke Drive and Winthorpe Road/Wheatsheaf Avenue and Harvest Drive areas with intensive street sweeping, litter picking and clearing of any fly-tipping
• Community litter picks around the area
• Work to clear and tidy parks and open spaces in the area
• The installation of replacement litter bins where necessary new ones where needed and appropriate
• A check on anti-social behaviour issues by community safety officers
• Advice on responsible dog ownership, stray dogs and dog fouling, particularly in the Winthorpe Road area
• Enforcement of any planning or parking issues
• Advice to shops on food safety and licensing.

To enable work to be carried out thoroughly, in some areas motorists will be asked not to park their cars on the road so that road sweeping work can be carried out.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue will be carrying out home safety checks and providing fire safety advice. The council is inviting a number of other partners including Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Newark and Sherwood Homes and local businesses in the area to take part.

Bridge ward district councillors Gill Dawn and Irene Brown will also be joined by local residents and the council’s team of volunteers, to take part in a community litter-pick.

Councillor Brown said: “I am very much looking forward to the day and that something positive will come out of it.”

Anyone who is able to offer support or who wants to become involved in the community litter-pick should email customerservices@nsdc.info  or telephone 01636 650000.

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