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Haverhill ‘sparkling’ after clean-up

Haverhill is ready for spring-time after residents and volunteers banded together to give the town a tidy-up.

Volunteers donned protective gloves to pick up litter, trim verges, remove graffiti, clean signs and pull up weeds in the community clean up on Friday and Saturday.

Mayor Roger André got involved in the clean-up.

“It went really well,” he said. “Lots of people came along and volunteered.

“We had a very good turnout on the Friday. Fewer people came on the Saturday, but there was still an impressive number of people involved.

“We collected lots of litter and there were plenty of things going on.

We would hope this kind of thing would continue. We’re really delighted that people have been helping.

“I was out and about, mostly picking up rubbish along the High Street, in the car park in Jubilee Walk and on the railway walk.

“The weather was on our side and we picked up an awful lot of litter. The town is sparkling.

“This shows off the substance of our efforts. I hope this encourages people to do their little bit to help out more frequently. It would make such a difference.”

Town clerk Colin Poole echoed Cllr André’s words and praised the community for participating.

“We had a great turn out,” he said. “A lot of people kept hold of equipment and carried on throughout the weekend.

“We were very pleased with the way people came out to help.

“We helped clean the street outside the Arts Centre and helped washing signs out along the Sturmer Road.

“We have no immediate plans to stage another event like this, but it would be nice if this could lead on to something bigger.”

Young people from the Castle Partnership Academy Trust were joined by Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, who helped them put up a bird box in the grounds of Castle Manor Academy.

Mr Hancock said: “I was delighted to help the pupils at Castle Manor put up a bird box as part of Give CB9 A Shine.

“It is fantastic that the local community is getting involved in improving the local area, making Haverhill a place to be proud of.”

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