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Pearl Street Community Clean Up

Pearl Street Community Clean Up

In March, 31 volunteers dedicated their Saturday afternoons to the Pearl Street Community Clean Up, making their community a nicer place to live.

The event was attended by councillors and staff from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, as well as tenants and Neighbourhood Officers from Together Housings and local children. The day was a great success, two skips were filled with rubbish that had been collected from the area and fly-tipping that was also removed on the day.

The Clean Up event brought members of the community together to look after the area they live in. Children who attended were given Easter eggs for taking part and food was prepared and enjoyed by volunteers on the day.

Michael Rhodes, Neighbourhood Officer at Together Housing, said: “It was a fantastic community clean up event that took place on the Pearl Street Estate. Local tenants, councillors, children and volunteers attended the event on the day to clean up their community. This is a great example of partnership working at its best in order to improve the local area. It was fantastic to see the local community attending the event and working together on the day.”

Tracy True, Community Connector at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “This estate has been blighted by litter and fly-tipping issues that residents have raised at various meetings. Two free-to-use skips were placed on the estate and we encouraged young people services to attend – many children turned up filling bags of rubbish and helping out.

“Local councillors also assisted residents from the area, and police cadets were there to lend a hand. In two hours we managed to collect a lot of the rubbish which has already improved the area, as well as educating and helping to build a stronger community.

“On the day, a total of 31 volunteers helped to make this event a success. Both the people involved and passersby commented on the positive impact of this event, it was wonderful to see young people helping and great to see the community coming together with both Together Housing and the council to tackle this issue.”

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