Spring clean appeal to Dales communities

Derbyshire Dales District Council is urging local businesses, parish councils and community sports and school groups to join in a national spring clean - and there's cash up for grabs for the first to register.

Community Clear Up Day on Saturday 21 March - the first day of spring – is a really simple and fun project to take part in.

District Council staff Lucy Prime (left) and Helen Spencer litter-picking outside Matlock Town HallBacked by the Government, it aims to spruce up the country's high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.

The District Council is supporting the campaign by coordinating the collection of any litter collected and with up to £100 to the first 10 applications registered online to cover the costs of litter pickers, bin bags and protective gloves.

Chairman of the District Council's Environment Committee, Councillor Steve Bull said:

"Together we can kick off spring 2015 with our public spaces litter-free. Here in the Derbyshire Dales we are proud of the work of our own clean and green team and the efforts they make to keep our towns and village looking spick and span, especially for the many festivals and special events that take place in the spring and summer.

"Now we are looking to encourage as many Dales parish councils, community groups, schools, sports clubs and businesses to do their bit too, not only on the 21st but any time during the following week.

"We're supporting the campaign by providing information to local businesses and schools, volunteer groups, parish councils and other interested parties. And, of course, we will co-ordinate the collection of litter.

"This really is a fantastic opportunity to bring our local communities together and our hope is that it could become an annual event."

For more information contact Rob Wilks on 01629 761 381 or Ros Hession on 01629 761 302.

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