Keeping Newark Tidy has become a monthly campaign for three local business people, Daniel Otton, Lesley Pashley and Linda Clark. The group was formed following a Newark Business Club meeting last year, where comments were made about the main gateways into the town looking untidy due to road condition and litter. Specific areas such as the A1 and the slip road were causing particular concern.
With the Great British Spring Clean month taking place between the 22 March and the 23 April 2019, the Keep Newark Tidy team are inviting people from across the town to join in and litter pick in their area on Wednesday 17 April.
Linda Clark co founder of the group said “The Great British Spring Clean is an ideal time to encourage local people to join in. With Radio Newark running the Love Where You Live Campaign it seems like an ideal opportunity to take this forward and clean up our town.”
Each month the group pick a different area around the town to meet and collect the litter from the streets; this very often results in collecting anything from 10 to 15 bags of litter. So far the group has been litter picking in the areas surrounding Lincoln Road, London Road – Newark and Balderton, Barnbygate, Albert Street, Bowbridge Road and Boundary Road.
Following a meeting with Newark & Sherwood District Council the team have now put together a programme for the coming year. Matthew Finch and Andrew Kirk from the council were in full support of the Keep Newark Tidy initiative and have offered as much support as they can.
Matt Adey, assistant business manager for waste management at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said:
“It is great to support the fantastic work of the Keep Newark Tidy campaign. It is very much part of what we are trying to achieve through our Cleaner, Safer and Greener initiative and we are really grateful to the team for arranging regular clean-ups in the district.
“Too much litter is spoiling our open spaces and pavements and we hope the ongoing Cleaner, Safer and Greener initiative and the Keep Newark Tidy scheme are helping to focus people’s minds on disposing of litter responsibly.”
The group will be meeting on the following dates 17 April – Great British Spring Clean, 8 May, 3 June, 21 June, 9 July, 15 July, 2 August, 14 August, 4 September, 7 October, 6 November and 6 December.
If you would like to help and be part of the pick in your area, or for more information, visit the Keep Newark Tidy Facebook page or contact Daniel at Buttercross Estates, Lesley at Nettl of Newark or Linda at East Midland Property Management.