Clean sweep on the Southbrook

Litter pick on the Southbrook
Litter pick on the Southbrook

Volunteers and school children launched a cleanup of Daventry’s Southbrook housing estate on Monday, collecting more than 60 bags of litter.

Pupils from the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV) teamed up with volunteers from Daventry District Council (DDC), Daventry and District Housing (DDH) and enterprising McDonald’s staff.

The event was a joint initiative between DDC’s Clean Up My Community campaign and the fast food giant’s nationwide Love Where You Live initiative.

The volunteers met at the Community Hub in Hood Road before working to clear rubbish from areas around the Fishponds, Vicar Lane and the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village.

Geff Southern, business manager at McDonald’s store in Daventry, said: “It is an absolutely fantastic event.

“It is nice to have representatives from the local council, teachers and local school children here today.”

Mr Southern added: “I think it would be great to see more people involved and more companies taking part in projects like this.”

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, environment portfolio holder at DDC, said: “We’re really pleased with the positive response from McDonald’s to our campaign.

“As a major fast food outlet in the town it’s great to have them on board and to work closely with them on tackling litter.

“They acknowledge that litter from fast food can be an issue and we hope this initiative is the start of a close working relationship to tackle it, with further events hopefully following in future.”

Paul Knight, the environmental health manager at Daventry District Council, said that while there was plenty of litter to be collected on Monday, volunteers also discovered a dozen shopping trolleys, car parts, a petrol can and a couple of sofas which had been dumped in one overgrown area of the estate.

Mr Knight said: “We would like to thank everyone who joined in the litter-picking efforts, especially staff from McDonald’s who gave up their own free time to come along, and to pupils from Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village who took time out of lessons to help.

“Litter picks like this are a great way of bringing people together to put something back into their community and I would encourage anyone in the district who would like to organise similar events to get in touch for their free litter-picking kit.”

To organise your own event contact the district council on 01327 871100.