East Leeds: District wages war on litter

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A CAMPAIGN is being launched that aims to tackle the problem of litter in an east Leeds suburb.

Plans for the Keep Harehills Tidy campaign have been set in motion by the city council and have already won support from businesses and community groups.

Now members of the public are being urged to get involved with the project, which is expected to run over two full years.

Campaign group chair Coun Roger Harington (Lab, Gipton & Harehills) said: “This is very much something that has come about as a result of issues raised during our meetings with local people. Everyone agrees there is a problem with litter in Harehills and the council can’t just keep clearing it up. What we hope to see is a community-led campaign to change people’s attitudes, with council support.”

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Leeds City Council locality manager John Woolmer added: “There will be traditional aspects like car stickers and window stickers but we are looking to use the power of social media as well.

“It’s about residents themselves changing the behaviour of as many people visiting and living in Harehills as they can. We will do all we can to support and help the campaign but it won’t succeed unless it’s led by local people.” Residents wishing to show their backing are being encouraged to ‘like’ the Keep Harehills Tidy page on Facebook.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the community team that will spearhead the running of the campaign can e-mail John.Woolmer@leeds.gov.uk. Harehills, Hovingham and Bankside primary schools, Morrisons, Fever FM, Connect Housing, IntoUniversity and Leeds Housing Concern are among the parties that have confirmed they want to be involved with that team.

The campaign is likely to include community clean-up events and educational initiatives complemented by targeted enforcement crackdowns.

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