Drive to clean up and secure Leeds estate

TIDY UP: Chief Supt Paul Money, residents and council officials on the Westwood estate, Middleton.
TIDY UP: Chief Supt Paul Money, residents and council officials on the Westwood estate, Middleton.
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A drive to clean up and secure a Leeds estate is set to bring all corners of the community together.

The Love Where You Live project is aiming to tidy up the Westwood estate, in Middleton, by educating Westwood Primary School pupils and residents.

Children at the school, in Bodmin Garth, will be taught about the impact of littering and fly-tipping ahead of a visit to a recycling centre and community clean-up day.

The project was launched as plans were announced to distribute £3,000 worth of security equipment to vulnerable people, aged 65 and over, in Middleton and Belle Isle.

Coun Kim Groves (Lab, Middleton Park) said: “We feel that educating the community about dropping litter is important going forward and with limited resources it is even more important – residents feel very strongly about it.”

The project, which could be rolled out to other schools, will start with a meeting of residents, councillors and police at the school on Thursday March 1 from 7pm.

Coun Judith Blake (Lab, Middleton Park) said that educating people at an early age about littering is very important.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, of West Yorkshire Police’s City and Holbeck Division, grew up on the estate and is backing the project ahead of the Big Tidy Up on March 9.

He said: “The area’s changed quite a bit in time and lots of good work has gone on and this initiative is one of a number of things going forward.”

Lyn Morgan, secretary of the Westwood Community Association, said: “It is a good thing that people are coming and helping the area, it is in need of that extra bit of community spirit.”

In addition funds from the council’s south inner area committee were granted for burglary reduction locks, spy holes, door chains and safes to go to more than 400 homes in the ward on March 10.

Rothwell Neighbourhood Policing Team will distribute items to vulnerable residents, to be fitted by Community Action and Support Against Crime.

Insp Yvette Hammill, head of Rothwell NPT, said: “It is a bit of a collective effort to get that community spirit going.”

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