Over 70 people took part in the Mansbridge Clean Sweep on Saturday March 4 as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s national initiative, the Big Spring Clean.
Local residents of Eastleigh based housing association Radian were joined in the community litter pick by The Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, Caroline Nokes MP and Councillor Bob Painton as well as a team of pupils and staff from Cantell School, led by Head Harry Kutty.
Approximately 40 bags of rubbish were collected from across the area and a number of fly tipping items were removed from the local allotment area in a bid to spruce up the area.
As the sun shone, spirits and energy levels remained high with music entertainment provided by SoCo Music Project, as well as free bacon or egg rolls that were handed out, courtesy of the Round About Café and Tesco in Eastleigh.
Barbara Cooke, Community Development Officer at Radian said:
“We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of the event and would like to say a big thank you to all those who attended.
“The day was packed with activities and there was a real community feel, with children and adults of all ages getting involved. Not only has the day been a great excuse to clean up our local area but it has also given us a chance to raise awareness about rubbish disposal and recycling – something we’ve been working on with residents in the Mansbridge area in view of the high costs involved to Radian and its residents.
“Local residents are very proud of their area and want to keep it looking good.”
Southampton City Council k donated tabards and litter pickers, as well as a display board and leaflets to encourage more recycling. Southampton City Council stated that in Hampshire during 2016, of the 80169.72 tonnes of waste collected; only 11165.92 tonnes was recycled
MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes got involved in activities and enjoyed meeting the volunteers and local residents.
Caroline Nokes said:
“It was great to head down to the Round About Café in Mansbridge and be part of the Great British Spring Clean.
“The day was brimming with community spirit and it was lovely to see everyone working together to clean up their local area. I had a great time chatting to everyone, rolling up my sleeves and helping out where I could.”