VIDEO: Northamptonshire town pulls together for big community clean-up

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Volunteers gave up their time for a big clean-up of Daventry town centre.

Daventry District Council (DDC) and its contractor Enterprise Managed Services teamed up with McDonald’s, Daventry Town Council and town centre businesses including Tesco and Waitrose for the clean-up day yesterday (Thursday).

DDC Chairman Councillor Catherine Lomax, Cllr Deanna Eddon and Cllr Alan Hills during the Daventry clean-up day. NNL-141023-163707001

DDC Chairman Councillor Catherine Lomax, Cllr Deanna Eddon and Cllr Alan Hills during the Daventry clean-up day. NNL-141023-163707001

About 40 volunteers got stuck in to remove litter and rubbish, clear weeds, tidy flower beds and scrub footpaths.

DDC’s Chairman Cllr Catherine Lomax and Councillors Alan Hills and Deanna Eddon were among those lending a hand to help the town centre look its best.

The town council provided its offices in New Street, Daventry as a base of operations, while litter picking equipment including brushes as well as support from DDC and its partners was provided on the day.

The clean-up event was part of DDC’s Clean Up My Community campaign.

Paul Knight, Environmental Improvement Manager at Daventry District Council, said the idea of the day was to tidy private land in the town centre which lies outside the remit of the Council’s waste contractor.

“The idea was to help develop a sense of pride in Daventry,” he said.

“We want to discourage littering and encourage shop owners to take pride in their premises, to look after them and keep them tidy.”