Town is given a good clean in Big Tidy Up weekend

Easington Brownies and Meera Murali during the Banbury Big Tidy Up NNL-151124-150518001
Easington Brownies and Meera Murali during the Banbury Big Tidy Up NNL-151124-150518001

Banbury was given a spring clean last weekend when volunteers came together as part of a local Big Tidy Up event.

On Saturday, the day started with a litter pick in the area surrounding Banbury railway station with Easington Brownies and the Banbury Young Homelessness Project.

Grimsbury’s Community Centre hosted a Give and Take event run by the Banbury Community Action Group (CAG), with 350kg of unwanted items donated and taken away to new homes.

Sanctuary Housing and Cherwell District Council staff were out and about in the market square giving out their top green tips, while residents could make recycling and waste reduction promises on a pledge tree.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “It was lovely to see so many people supporting our Big Tidy Up event and bringing the community together.

“We hope the event has raised awareness of how we can make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live in, which will support our residents to live more sustainable lifestyles.”

Cherwell District Council’s lead member for clean and green, Cllr Debbie Pickford, said: “Clean-up events like these not only help keep the town looking good, they also create a great feeling of community spirit.

“The council works hard to keep the district clean on a day to day basis, and with our regular targeted cleaning blitzes. I want to thank everyone who took part in the Big Tidy-Up – your efforts are very much appreciated.”