These south Leeds folk are ready to reclaim their streets and to blaze a trail for the rest of the city in boosting civic pride.
Campaigners gathered this week to launch ‘Love Beeston, Clean Beeston’.
The campaign will see locals encouraged to work with the authorities to clamp down on flytipping, litter, dog fouling, noise and other nuisances which blight their community and decrease morale.
Over the coming months, regular litter-picks will be held in a different street every week, with residents urged to get involved. Community groups and local schools will also be urged to do their bit.
At the end, the cleanest street will be chosen to receive a special prize – a fabulous street party paid for by campaign organisers South Leeds Community Alliance.
Gohar Almass Khan, who is helping spearhead the campaign, said: “The message is that if you love your area, then make sure your area is clean.
“Last year I spoke to somebody who was throwing a big mattress out in the street. I spoke to him and he wasn’t even local. But he said ‘look at the state of the area anyway’.”
Steve Francis, chairman of governors at Beeston Primary School, said: “We are going to be holding assemblies about civic pride, and litter picks at school. If you get the message across to children at a young age, you might instil it for life.”
Harjinder Sagoo, who has lived in Beeston for 48 years, said: “It’s not just about cleaning the muck out. It’s about living harmoniously.”
If you would like the campaign to visit your street, contact Mr Khan on 07445 878333.