Shadsworth Estate in Blackburn is one of our largest housing estates with over 800 properties – on Thursday 2nd September over 100 residents and 15 Together Housing Group (THG) staff members came out in force for one of the estates largest clean ups in recent years. The day began at 9am and in just a few hours 12 skips from different parts of the estate, as well as a large 25-yard walk in skip, which was placed at the Newground Together Shadsworth Estate Hub, were filled to the brim.
Diane Turner, Shadsworth Estate Neighbourhood Co-ordinator said: “Together Housing have held a useful clean up, taking over 20 loads for disposal, with teams needing to return the following day to ensure it was all removed. It’s very important to us to be able to work with residents to keep our estates at a high standard and it’s encouraging to see local residents feel the same way. They have been removing items from their homes, gardens and litter picking around the estate. Thank you to everyone who has come and volunteered their time.”
Prior to the pandemic the THG Community Development team organised an annual clean-up day however, due to Covid-19 restrictions the dedicated team hadn’t been able to organise an estate wide clean up day. Over time this has meant that houses and gardens have been unable to move large items to bins, skips or recycling centres. Residents were sent text messages about the day in advance and posters were placed in the local area. Shadsworth estate houses over 2,000 people and is located on the outskirts of Blackburn.
Blackburn has one of the largest welfare bills in England, Councillor Tony Humphrys from the Blackburn South East ward attended and said: “The council welcomes all opportunities to help its constituents. The financial impact of Covid due to furlough, redundancies and increasing costs has been hard and one of the knock-on effects of this is that some residents have struggled with certain tasks such as the costly removal of large, bulky items from their homes.”
Cllr Humphrys further added: “Today is a good opportunity for people to come together and help one another remove these items. Together Housing Group as always are working with residents to maintain the estate and its homes to a high standard.”
The Newground hub was the central location for volunteers and residents to meet up at the start of the day. Newground with support from Together Housing Group offers locals and those who live in the surrounding areas support and a range of programmes and activities. You can find out more about the hub here: Newground Together The Hub @ Shadsworth