Volunteers clean up the town

Barnsley town centre is looking brighter after a clean-up event organised by the council’s safer neighbourhood service last Friday, 20 April.

Accompanied by over thirty volunteers along with staff from Kingdom and the council’s neighbourhood services, the team spent several hours tackling the effects of antisocial behaviour and environmental crime. South Yorkshire Police were also on hand to offer their support, carrying out checks on parked vehicles as part of the Vulnerable Vehicle Scheme (VVS).

The event has been hailed a great success as volunteers worked tirelessly in the sunshine to deliver results including:

  • Over 60 black bags filled with litter
  • Over 288 m² of graffiti removed or painted over
  • 8 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued for littering offences
  • 1,500 vehicles checked, with 14 VVS letters sent out (to vehicles with items such as mobile phones, passports, sat navs and handbags left out on display)

The event was also supported by nearby businesses who kindly provided hospitality, refreshments and lunch to the volunteers.

It is set to be a regular occurrence and the council is keen for town centre businesses to get involved.

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities, said: “It was great to see so many people at our clean up event. Protecting our borough is important to us; holding events like this encourages people to work together for a better Barnsley.

“We’ll be holding more events during June, August, October, December and next February. They’ll run alongside our #EverybodyThink campaign which is being extended from tackling fly tipping to reducing littering, graffiti and dog fouling across the borough.”   

Anyone interested in volunteering or supporting the campaign should contact Paulamarshall2@barnsley.gov.uk or MichaelFairweather@barnsley.gov.uk.

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