Green team’s clean sweep of Doncaster

Council staff using state of the art grass cutting machinery on the This is My Edlington action day
Council staff using state of the art grass cutting machinery on the This is My Edlington action day

An army of green fingered volunteers were determined to keep Edlington and its surrounds spick and span during a tidying blitz in the borough.

Dozens of council staff swept into Edlington in a continued effort to keep the area clean as the ‘This is My Doncaster – Keep it clean’ campaign continues to sweep through the borough.

Sleeves were rolled up as work to pick up litter, remove graffiti, clear away unsightly debris and a host of other jobs were carried out to improve the cleanliness of the area as tidying commenced in time for Christmas.

Particular attention was paid by conscientious council workers into discouraging instances of fly tipping, littering or spraying graffiti in the area in future with notices of enforcements very much in evidence.

The District Council warns that offenders breaking the law can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £150.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Voluntary Sector and the Environment, Councillor Chris McGuinness, said: “We want all of our local residents to be proud of where they live and we want to encourage positive behaviours of their friends and families.

“We are working towards actively encouraging people of the area to volunteer as a way of keeping active and we will support them as much as we can.”

He added: “The campaign is a great way for us, as a council, to be able to work with all of the residents and show our continued commitment to keeping the borough as clean and tidy as possible.

“It is important for us to get the message across to people that we as a council will not tolerate littering and other offences and are prepared to impose penalties.”

In addition to this state-of-the-art machinery to help keep walkways and open spaces clean and tidy were also used during the ‘This is My Doncaster – Keep it clean’ campaign, while hundreds of tree saplings were also planted during the green clean-up by willing volunteers in the open space near Broomhouse Lane.

In addition to the work that was carried out in Edlington, hardworking council staff and volunteers have already been putting in the spade work in other areas including Mexborough, Stainforth and Barnby Dun for the clean-up ‘This is My Doncaster – Keep it clean’ campaign.

Residents throughout the  Doncaster are invited to help keep their patch in the borough tidy. For a full list of tidy up action days in your area, to find out more and to find out how you can get involved, visit the www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/environmental/this-is-my-doncaster-get-involved website.