The Big Clean-Up set to begin in Harlow

News / Sun 6th Sep 2015 at 03:30pm

Harlow Week of ActionHARLOW Council and the Safer Harlow Partnership will be running a Community Week of Action next week (7 to 11 September 2015) to show what is being done to make Harlow cleaner and safer all year round and to highlight how residents can also do their bit to help.

The Community Week of Action will include a range of activities including the opening of empty garages being used for illegal storage, checks on cannabis use in properties, raising awareness of the cost and impact of fly-tipped garden waste and littering and welfare checks on horses*.

There will also be several environmental projects taking place on most days involving volunteers, including the raising of the Green Flag at Parndon Wood Nature reserve and improvements to Harlow Town Park.

Red Willow Residents’ Association will be holding a Community Action Day on Thursday 10 September 2015 and a nuisance motorbike prevention action day will be held on Friday 11 September 2015 at Latton Common and Latton Woods. Helping older residents feel safe is another focus of the week with a promotion of the Keep Safe scheme and a safe and social information event taking place at St Michael’s Close on Monday 7 September 2015 from 1pm to 3pm.

Organisations involved in the week of action include Harlow Council, Essex Police, Kier Harlow Ltd, RSPCA, Redwings, Red Willow Residents’ Association, Rainbow Services, Community Payback Team, Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Fire Service. All activity will be in addition to the Council and its partners’ everyday work.

Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth and Community, said: “The Community Week of Action is an important project which will highlight the hard work that Council Officers and other community organisations perform each and every day while concentrating on specific actions to help make Harlow cleaner and safer.

“By bringing issues such as this to the public’s attention we hope to make people more aware of what goes on around them and also what they can do to help make Harlow a cleaner, safer place to live. This includes getting involved in many volunteering opportunities we have available in the town and helping to let the Council know about issues.”

Harlow Council has joined forces once again with other Essex Councils and fast food businesses to continue the battle against litter with a new follow-up to last year’s highly successful Love Essex campaign. This year’s campaign reminds people to bin their litter responsibly, or risk a fine for littering from £75. From 24 August 2015 until the end of September 2015 posters and fast food packaging will carry messages to different target audiences, to show that binning your litter is smart, classy, cool, and above all a pretty easy thing to do too. The campaign will be officially launched in Harlow on Monday (7 September 2015) as part of the Community Week of Action.

Councillor Toal, added: “Every day a piece of litter that doesn’t make it into a bin or rubbish that is dumped around the town costs the Council money to collect. Every year Harlow Council spends close to £2m cleaning up Harlow’s streets and housing estates. Money that could be saved to protect other services if a minority of people didn’t drop litter. Not only does litter make Harlow look bad it costs money that will have to be found from other services to clear it up and this is why we are part of the Love Essex campaign.”

Residents and businesses can follow progress on the Community Week of Action using the social media hashtag #harlowweekofaction or visit www.harlow.gov.uk

Residents can report litter, fly tipping, broken glass, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, antisocial behaviour (including noise) and hate crime towww.harlow.gov.uk/report

Residents can also get involved in helping to improve Harlow through volunteering; more information on the opportunities available can be found at www.harlow.gov.uk/get-involved

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