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Haverhill will be cleaned up in a mass community-led litter pick

Volunteers, Haverhill Town Councillors and members of Keep Haverhill Tidy will be leading the way when areas of the town are blitzed of rubbish as part of the Great British September Clean on Sunday, September 20.

The Great British Spring Clean organized in March had been cancelled due to the pandemic and with restrictions eased the clean up has now been given the go ahead.

This event is being organized by Haverhill Town Council Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Jill Moss, who is being supported by Cllr Joe Mason andGood Neighbour Scheme Coordinator Emily Fox.

From left; Jill Moss, Emily Fox and Cllr Joe Mason. Submitted picture (42081426)
From left; Jill Moss, Emily Fox and Cllr Joe Mason. Submitted picture (42081426)

Jill said: β€œIt’s great to be holding our first event as a Volunteer Centre.

"There are so many opportunities to volunteer around Haverhill and we are blessed with so many organisations that do so much good in the town that can provide volunteering opportunities.

"I am hoping for a really good turn out so that not only can we clean up the town, we can also enjoy getting involved in a worthwhile community project.”

As founder of the Keep Haverhill Tidy Facebook group, which was formed in March 2019, Joe Mason has been leading from the front in the battle to reduce the amount of litter in Haverhill.

"Litter is a whole community issue and we can all play a part, by disposing of our litter responsibly and engaging in activities like litter picking.

"Many people have wanted to get involved in litter picking, and those that do have found that not only is it great exercise but it is highly satisfying leaving an area clear of waste.

"As a town council, we are keen to promote community engagement in looking after our green spaces," said Mr Mason.

Anyone wishing to find out more and take part in the Great British Spring Clean will need to register their interest by emailing Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Jill Moss, using jill.moss@haverhill-tc.gov.uk

It will take place from 10am, but because of social distancing regulations, groups will be a maximum of six people and the will operate in different locations around the town.

These include:

  • Lower Chalkstone – around the community centre area
  • Leiston Community Centre
  • Puddlebrooke, behind the Clements Surgery
  • B&Q Car Park/Withersfield Road
  • Haverhill Rugby Club and the Newt Pond, Castle Playing Fields
  • Burton End/Lower Queensway/Lower Clements towards Camp Road/ finishing at the Recreation Ground
  • East Town Park - Railway Walk finishing at Tesco.

Jill, together with Emily, will both join the litter picking, which will give them a chance to promote the Volunteer Centre and their roles.