Clean-up initiative with youth service

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A group of young people are helping to make the borough spotless this summer.

As part of a partnership between North Tyneside Council’s environmental services and the Youth Offending and Prevention Service, eight youngsters are cleaning up the borough.

The 14 to 17-year-olds have already spent a day working with the council’s community wardens to clear paths and the stairways from Knotts Flats in Tynemouth down to the river Tyne.

The full day’s work, which included removing weeds to be composted and excess sand taken to the beach, is part of a three-month environment project for the group of eight.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “This project is an excellent way to help the young people put something back into the community.

“They have done a fantastic job so far and I was delighted to hear praise from members of the public for their hard work.

“As a council, we are committed to improving North Tyneside for all our residents, and this work will both help to maintain a clean and tidy borough as well as creating opportunities for these young people.”

Over the summer months, the young people will be working alongside environmental services carrying out similar work along the coast and in areas of Longbenton and Wallsend, being supervised by staff from the Youth Offending and Prevention Service.