Barnsley played its part in Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign with another town centre clean-up event on Wednesday 3 April.
A team of 20 volunteers from Barnsley Council, Barnsley Norse and Barnsley Recovery Steps participated in the latest display of Town Spirit to tidy up Town End Park, Plumber Park, Unity Park and the surrounding residential areas.
Activity on the day included litter-picking, sweeping up broken glass and other debris as well as painting railings.
As with the previous clean-up event from Tuesday 5 March, tackling graffiti was high on the agenda. Council Community Safety Officers removed graffiti from walls, fencing and a litter bin at Plumber Park by painting, jet-washing and using a special gel, resulting in 7m2 being removed or covered.
A team of eight Community Payback workers and two team supervisors concentrated on Sparrow Park. They re-painted the covered shelter and a communications box, picked litter and trimmed-back and bagged-up excess vegetation.
They also rubbed down the railings surrounding the three parks in preparation for returning at a later date to paint them.
In total, between 30 and 35 black bags were filled with rubbish and vegetation which were removed and disposed of by Neighbourhood Services, who provided additional support on the day.
Meanwhile, Kingdom Security carried out litter enforcement and issued two £100 Fixed Penalty Notices in the town centre for littering offences as well as replacing some litter warning signs.
Our thanks go to Gateway Plaza Limited, who kindly allowed the use of their toilets and the council's Parks Services, who supplied the paint.
Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities, was a participant on the day and said: "It was great to be involved with our volunteers, who put their best foot forward yet again to protect our beautiful borough and keep it clean.
"They did a fantastic job and to see a passing member of the public stop to pass on their thanks to the team of volunteers really encapsulated what Barnsley's Town Spirit is all about.
"I would encourage more people and local businesses to sign up for the next event and donate some of their time to make a positive impact on the local environment."
Details of the next clean-up event will be circulated soon and the council remain keen for town centre businesses to get involved. More information about volunteering opportunities can be found at barnsley.gov.uk/volunteering.
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