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Freshen up Frizinghall

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Brooms and litter pickers were at the ready last week as the Bradford community came together to tidy the city’s streets.

‘Freshen up Frizinghall’ returned on Wednesday 11th June, following on from last year’s hugely successful cleanup events which took place across the Heaton district.

TIDYING: Sajid Mahmood and Mike Robinson get their hands dirty as they help ‘Freshen up Frizinghall’ in the first of many cleanups across the ward this summer

TIDYING: Sajid Mahmood and Mike Robinson get their hands dirty as they help ‘Freshen up Frizinghall’ in the first of many cleanups across the ward this summer

Developed by local resident and avid volunteer worker, Sajid Mahmood, alongside Associated Waste Management’s (AWM) Mike Robinson, the project aims to engage with residents, local businesses and community associations, bringing people together to better the area of which they live and work.

Over the last calendar year, AWM collected in excess of 30 tonnes of rubbish which had either been fly-tipped on streets and alleyways or collected as part of the public area cleanups.

Five ‘Freshen up’ days were held within the space of four months in 2013, and Mike says last week’s event was just the first of many for this summer’s initiative.

“We must have had two dozen people come down on the day and show their support which was really good,” he said. “But there is always room for more.

“Our next event will be taking place outside Frizinghall Community Centre and we welcome anybody to come down and help make Frizinghall even better.

“By having different parts of the community working together we are achieving great results and there will be a lot more days like these over the upcoming months.”

Heaton is a diverse area of Bradford with more than 17,000 people living in the ward.

Feedback from residents for last year’s project showed that some were reluctant to get involved because previous initiatives had been short-lived.

CLEAN: As well as cleaning the community centre, grass verges and playing fields were given an overdue strim by volunteers last week

CLEAN: As well as cleaning the community centre, grass verges and playing fields were given an overdue strim by volunteers last week

However, Mike insists that the ‘Freshen up’ plan is a long-term thing and people that worked on the last project are now actively encouraging neighbours to join in this year and take part.

Phase one, which occurred last week, started with work at the Community Centre on Midland Road.

The grounds surrounding the centre were given some much needed tender loving care, whilst the outdoor football area and grass verges to the rear were swept, cleaned and trimmed along with the Community Rooms.

In total, three truck loads of rubbish were loaded and removed along with grass cuttings, tree branches, leaves and green waste.

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