Monday, 21 June 2021

Volunteers brave rain to 'Hit Litter'

DOZENS of volunteers braved the rain to clean the streets of Henley on Saturday

DOZENS of volunteers braved the rain to clean the streets of Henley on Saturday.

Town councillors, scouts and a team from the Tesco store in Reading Road were among those who took part in the annual Hit Litter day, organised by Henley in Bloom.

Each year volunteers clean up “grot spots” across the town where there is no regular sweeping.

The Gainsborough estate and Makins recreation ground were tackled by the scouts and members of the Gainsborough Residents’ Association while members of the Henley branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution took on Fair Mile.

Other areas to be cleaned included Friday Street, Station Road and the Reading Road roundabout near Tesco.

The volunteers worked for about two hours before meeting at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, where they were served leek and potato soup.

They collected about 45 bags of rubbish containing items such as plastic bottles, cans, takeaway boxes and wrappers, which were later taken away by the council’s parks services team.

Rubbish bags and litter-pickers were provided by waste collection firm Biffa on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council.

Town councillor David Eggleton, who is also chairman of Gainsborough Residents’ Association, said: “It’s important that everyone gets involved with things like this because it’s good exercise and it’s working together to do something for the community."

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