Communities are gearing up for Clean Up Yorkshire

Members of Pinders Heath Residents Association, with local councillors Ros Lund and Olivia Rowley. ''Picture Scott Merrylee

Members of Pinders Heath Residents Association, with local councillors Ros Lund and Olivia Rowley. ''Picture Scott Merrylee

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WE ASKED you to help us Clean Up Leeds - and you’re responding in droves.

On Saturday we revealed how keeping Leeds’s streets clean of rubbish is costing £8m a year - and launched our new campaign to get our readers to help Clean Up Yorkshire, holding litter picks throughout June.

Leeds councillors in Chapel Allerton, who have backed the Clean Up Yorkshire campaign, held a litter pick in Chapeltown last weekend with council officers, the neighbourhood policing team and volunteers.

Leeds councillors in Chapel Allerton, who have backed the Clean Up Yorkshire campaign, held a litter pick in Chapeltown last weekend with council officers, the neighbourhood policing team and volunteers.

In Wakefield, members of Pinders Heath Residents Association, which has held cleans up on their estate over the last three years, will hold two litter picks as part of the Clean Up Yorkshire campaign next month, on Wednesday June 10 and Sunday June 21.

The group was given a £1,000 grant from Wakefield Council to fund the purchase of litter picking equipment and bulbs, and also received bin bags and high-vis vests from the Campaign to protect Rural England (CPRE), partners in the Clean Up Yorkshire Campaign.

They regularly see groups of up to 12 people take part in clean ups, collecting a dozen bags of rubbish at a time.

Group chairman Peter Fenlon said: “From a financial point of view, if the area looks presentable, the value of your house goes up, but there’s a sense of satisfaction as well in the sense of community it fosters. If you clear away the litter, people will drop less. We’d love to see more people involved.”

That sense of community was evident in Chapeltown last weekend, when ward councillors were joined by police officers, Leeds Council’s environmental services team and volunteers for a litter pick.

Coun Jane Dowson has been organising the picks for ten years, and will be hosting another next month as part of Clean Up Yorkshire. The area sees a lot of fly-tipping, as well as general litter dropped by people on the streets.

She said: “It costs Leeds a small fortune to clean up - and the problem is, if you don’t clean up, people will feel they can drops things as well.

“There are a triangle of houses with garages in the middle in Chapeltown which are a particular target for fly-tipping. If we can make people feel better about the area where they live, and encourage them to report fly-tipping when they see it, hopefully it can make it stop.”

Elsewhere in the city, the Clean Up Pudsey group will be meeting outside New Pudsey rail station ticket office at 1.30pm on Sunday June 14, and Litter-Free Gusieley will be collecting every Sunday in June.

Managing editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Nicola Furbisher, said: “We’ve seen a fantastic response to our call for action in the first few days since we launched Clean Up Yorkshire - but we want to hear about more groups, schools, and workplaces doing their bit and organising a litter pick next month.”

For more information visit the Clean Up Yorkshire section on www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk