Get your Marigolds on for town-wide clean up

Town council staff volunteer to pick up litter
Town council staff volunteer to pick up litter

Haverhill will be left looking spick and span after an up-coming town-wide spring clean.

Residents and businesses are gearing up for a concerted clean up of the town, with volunteers coming together to pick up litter, cut verges, pull up weeds, tackle graffiti and wipe down signs.

The Haverhill community clean up will take place on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. Volunteers can convene at the Arts Centre in the High Street if they need to borrow specialist equipment like litter pickers, bags and gloves.

The clean up is being organised by the town council on behalf of One Haverhill.

“The Arts Centre is gradually filling up with hi-vis jackets and pairs of gloves,” said town clerk, Colin Poole. “We’ve had an encouraging start in terms of groups coming forward to volunteer.

“More and more individuals have been asking how to get involved. We’re meeting at the Arts Centre, but it’s fine for people to go out and do their own thing. We would, however, encourage people to tell us what they’re doing to help out.

“If people live in a place where all the verges have already been cut and there’s no litter, come to us and we can arrange to join other groups helping in town.”

Staff from various businesses in town, including Hughes Electrical and Tesco have volunteered to help clean up the areas near their premises, while the local air cadets squadron also plans to take part.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, will also be helping out and is planning to meet with students at Castle Manor Academy to help with the spring clean.

Mayor, Roger André said: “I’m sure he [Matthew Hancock] is a very busy man and I welcome him coming to help us pick up litter.

“I’m really hopeful that this leads to something much bigger. It’s a great sign that so many people are prepared to come out and support it.”

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