Spring cleaning arrived a little later than expected in Leeds last week, as the city’s streets were given a tidy-up as part of a community-building project.
The Richmond Hill Community Centre was the meet point for volunteers from local homes, businesses and the council on Monday, as the team headed to the streets for a day of team cleaning.
As well as picking up litter and tidying fly-tip zones, the team went door-to-door to speak with residents about the best way to dispose of waste properly and what implications may arise if they don’t.
An information pack was also put together by the Area Support team to reinforce the message and was posted through the doors of residents who were not home.
Litter pickers, gloves, bags and even a footpath sweeper were all utilised in the day-long clean up on Kitson Street, Dent Street, Oxley Street and Clark Lane.
Cllr Asghar Khan, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, helped orchestrate the day and said it was great to see the community coming together.
“The general appearance of an area is really important, not just for morale of local residents but a clean and tidy community also creates a fantastic impression of an area for people travelling through it,” he said.
“That is why the focus of this particular event was on tidying some of the area’s back streets, to make them look and feel better.”
He added: “This event is a great example of the council and its partners working with residents to identify important issues like the appearance of the local environment.
“It also presents the opportunity to work closely with local residents to identify other issues that are important to them, like garden maintenance.”
Four skips were almost filled on the day whilst a police presence was also on hand to carry out some community confidence activity around the promotion of 101.