A joint community effort has helped clear 30 tonnes of waste from a Hucknall housing estate in a special day of action.
Tenants, residents, pupils from Broomhill Junior School, police and fire personnel, staff from Ashfield Council and Homes, all came together in a show of determination to improve the Welbeck estate.
The idea was spearheaded by the Welbeck Residents’ Association who recently reformed to bring about change.
“This is such a nice estate with a real homely feel compared to some so we want to make sure it looks the best it can,” said Welbeck Association chairman, Dennis Mayoh.
“I brought up the issues with councillors and Ashfield Homes who made it all happen.”
Ashfield Homes brought all the different agencies together to tackle the issues raised by the community which included fly tipping, untidy gardens and general estate untidiness.
“There have been a number of problems with residents keeping piles of rubbish in their gardens and against properties that could pose a health and safety risk as well as being unsightly,” added Mr Mayoh.
Ashfield Homes provided vehicles for the collection of waste from the roadside and their team of estate workers, assisted with loading the vehicles and tidying up.
A repairs surgery was also available on the day for any tenants wanting to raise issues they have with the maintenance of their homes.
Broomhill School helped with a litter pick on the estate with children placing leaflets through doors thanking those residents who have maintained their gardens.
“It was fantastic for the school to be involved in this initiative,” said headteacher, Andrew Beckinsdale-Yates. “I took members of the school council and the Green Team to the event which totalled 16 children from all age groups.”
The children, who were actively involved in the litter pick, received a certificate and goody bag from Ashfield Homes.
The day was supported by Ashfield District Council’s estates team, along with representatives from the Police and Fire Brigade who provided advice and support to the local community.
“We have been warning residents about the fire risk in storing rubbish in their gardens,” said Nottingham Fire and Rescue’s risk reduction officer for Ashfield, Louise Robinson. “This kind of joint working is very effective.”
Couns John Wilmott and Keir Morrison were also helping with the clean-up.
“This has definitely woken the estate up as it has never been done before here,” said Coun Wilmott.
Coun Morrison added his delight at the day’s success: “I want to thank everyone for getting involved and for the residents for taking the time to put out their rubbish for collection.”
The Broomhill Inn also backed the initiative by providing refreshments for all the people involved.
But two residents felt the day didn’t go far enough when a piece of land neighbouring their homes wasn’t cleared of fly-tipped rubbish.
“We’re fed up of this area being dumped on,” said June Pearson and Carole Cotterill. “We keep calling the council about it but all they say is they are looking into it. It’s just not good enough as it will get worse as the weather gets warmer.”