Civil servants clear up Basildon town centre as litter campaign winds down

ROUGHLY 20 council workers took part in a litter pick in Basildon town centre today.

The event marked the end of a campaign to clean up the borough.

Labour council leader Gavin Callaghan and Wickford Independent David Harrison joined civil servants for the litter pick, which was the final event of the We’re Cleaning Up campaign.

A series of events took place over the summer, with Wickford’s Abacus Primary School and Basildon’s Greensted Junior School getting involved.

The council has now pledged to provide equipment to any communities who want to continue clearing up litter.

Cllr Callaghan said: “Throughout the duration of the campaign, I’ve been moved by how passionate our communities are about the place they live and keeping it clean and tidy.

“It’s been heartening to meet community groups, individuals and school children who are all doing their bit, side by side with the council.

“Basildon Council staff share that enthusiasm, which has been evident at today’s event.”

Cllr Harrison, chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee, added: “The support our communities have put behind this campaign has been wonderful to see and shows how strongly people feel about the blight of dumped rubbish and litter.”

*Any groups who would like litter-picking equipment can email [email protected]

Charles Thomson

Chief Reporter Email: [email protected]