Volunteers clean up the town centre

The latest community clean-up event took place in Barnsley town centre on Tuesday 5 March.

A team of 22 volunteers from Barnsley Council, Barnsley College, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Job Centre, MKB Solicitors, XPO Logistics and Yorkshire Building Society attended and spent several hours picking up litter and swept-up broken glass as well as other debris from Peel Parade and the surrounding areas.

Community Payback workers and two team supervisors were also on hand to remove graffiti from windows and paint over graffiti on buildings, doors and roller-shutters.

Council Community Safety Officers removed around five square metres of graffiti with a special gel and a jet-washer before tackling the flagged banking and the steps leading up to Graham’s Orchard car park, covering an area of around 20 square metres. Graffiti which was found on electricity substations was reported to Northern Powergrid.

In total, almost 40 black bags filled with rubbish were collected on the day, between 15 and 20 stickers were removed from lampposts and other street furniture before they were repainted.

Additional support was in place from Neighbourhood Services, who removed and disposed of the rubbish while Kingdom Security staff carried out litter enforcement, issuing eight £100 fixed penalty notices in the town centre for littering offences. Fifteen local businesses in the town centre were surveyed about environmental and safety issues.

Our thanks go to Nova City, who kindly allowed the use of their premises as a base and provided free tea, coffee and cold drinks for those involved in the clean-up operation.

Thanks also to Barnsley Community and Voluntary Services, who helped spread the message to a wider audience and co-ordinated the participation of some private-sector volunteers, whose contribution was most welcome in tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental crime.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "It was great to see so many people donating their time to making our town centre a better place.

"The team did a fantastic job in difficult weather conditions and their commitment is to be applauded.

"I would encourage people to sign up for the next clean-up event and continue 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.

Anyone interested in volunteering or supporting the campaign should email PaulaMarshall2@barnsley.gov.uk or MichaelFairweather@barnsley.gov.uk.

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