Residents, staff from John Lewis at home, Macdonalds at West Swindon Centre and Lydiard Park Academy community ambassadors were joined by local councillors and staff from Swindon Council’s Streetsmart department to give Shaw Village a majestrial makeover on 4 March.
Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on 21 April, but the people of Swindon and across the UK have been asked to give Britain a spring clean in her honour as part of the Clean for the Queen campaign.
March 4, 5, 6 were designated as the weekend for the big tidy up but people can clear up litter in their neighbourhood at any time said Cllr Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for Streetsmart. He commented: “The Clean for the Queen campaign is a catalyst to get communities involved in dealing with the problem of litter. The council can only do so much, but it will never be enough. It’s really great businesses responded to the litter clearance day at Shaw Centre and I was pleased youngsters from Lydiard Park Academy were involved.
“The campaign gives us a focus for the future to build positive community networks. The majority need to rise up and deal with the unthinking actions of the minority who drop litter.”
He added that the minority who drop litter to wake up to the problems they cause saying: “If people didn’t drop litter or dump rubbish Swindon would be look much better; it would help us have greater community pride. But those who throw litter should take heed, the council is strengthening its enforcement team and we will take action against those who despoil our areas.
To organise clean ups in your area contact Swindon Borough Council’s Localities and StreetSmart Teams for litter pickers, gloves and bags via Tracy Scott on 01793 466239 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more at www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk
Pictured, top getting ready to blitz the area around Shaw Village Centre. Below, Year 5 and 6 at Peatmoor Primary School about to set off to tidy up Peatmoor and Sparcells. Bottom, job done at Peatmoor