Volunteers get involved in community clean-up

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Volunteers get involved in community clean-up

Community groups in Rother have been getting help from the council to clean up their streets, beaches and public areas.

In March 2019, Rother District Council secured £16,000 of Government funding to provide equipment and support to groups of volunteers wishing to carry out community-clean ups.

A total of 18 groups benefited from the funding, including volunteers from the Strandliners and Surfers Against Sewage groups.

A total of 38 volunteers filled almost 50 bags with more than 330kg of rubbish picked up in clean-ups at Pett Level, Winchelsea Beach and along the banks of the River Rother around Rye.

The funding enabled the council to provide equipment such as brooms, sacks, litter picks, gloves, high-visibility jackets and chewing gum-removing freeze spray.

While the one-off funding for the scheme has now been allocated, the council is still able to support volunteer groups which would like to litter pick in their area.

Cllr Kathryn Field, district council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "There's a wealth of groups in the district who feel passionately about their communities.

"We've had very positive feedback on the clean-ups which have taken place so far, which have had a quite dramatic impact on improving streets, beaches, river banks and other public areas and people taking part have found it a really rewarding experience.

"I'd urge any other groups which would like to get involved to get in touch to see if we can help them improve their local environment."

Any groups interested in doing litter picks are asked to contact the council for more information via the website at https://my.rother.gov.uk/ or by calling 01424 787000.

Litter picking should only be done in areas where it's safe to do so and volunteers should not attempt to collect dangerous items such as needles and glass.

Published on Tuesday, June 18 2019

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