Lindley Lib Dem councillors Cahal Burke & Cllr Richard Eastwood will be getting stuck in as the Great British Spring Clean comes to the area in March.
The national litter-picking event, launched recently by Keep Britain Tidy, will take place over the weekend of the 3rd to the 5th March 2017.
The campaign will aim to build on the success of a national clean-up this year, which saw over 250,000 people helping to clean up their communities, helping to collect over 300,000 bags of rubbish.
The organisers now hope to get 500,000 involved over the weekend in March next year.
The national clean-up weekend is being backed by a number of charities, including the RSPCA and Marine Conservation Society, as well as businesses like McDonald’s, Greggs and Costa.
The campaign is also being supported by litter charities across the country, with thousands of school children, community groups and local authorities likely to get involved in the action.
The organisers, Keep Britain Tidy, were formed nearly 60 years ago in response to the rise of a ‘throwaway culture’ in the UK. In more recent decades, they have organised a number of high-profile campaigns, often promoted by a host of celebrities, including Morecambe and Wise and the Bees Gees.
Kirklees councillors have been invited to take part over the weekend, and Cllr Cahal Burke and Cllr Richard Eastwood (Lib Dems, Lindley), have already signed up.
The councillors, who will be helping to clean up parts of Lindley on Saturday 4th March 2017, will also be looking for people to join them from the Lindley ward area. This includes individuals and groups living in: Mount, Salendine Nook, Birchencliffe, Oakes, Lindley, Quarmby, Marsh and Birkby.
Cllr Burke said:
“We welcome this new initiative. We have participated in a number of regular clean-up days in Lindley over the years, but being nationally co-ordinated, this campaign will encourage people in Lindley and elsewhere to feel part of something bigger.
The campaign is all about people taking pride in where they live, making neighbourhoods cleaner and supporting positive community action. It will also get people together and is a real social thing to do.
We will be helping to co-ordinate litter picks in Lindley over the weekend and would encourage people to contact us in order to take part or to find out more.”
For further information, Cllr Burke can be contacted at:
Cllr Eastwood at: Richard.Eastwood@kirklees.gov.uk