Youngsters back clean up initiative

A GROUP of youngsters have shown their support for the ‘Big Spring Clean’ campaign.

Organised by Alfie Briggs, young cabinet member for the environment, eight members of the Youth Council and the Green Fingers group braved the windy weather to take part in a clean-up event.

Launched earlier this month and running until May 31, the annual Big Spring Clean campaign aims to make the borough a cleaner and greener place to live.

Residents, schools, community groups and businesses are also invited to organise their own clean-up events, which the council supports by providing litter gloves, bags and litter pickers.

And this week, with their litter pickers in hand, the 12 to 14-year-olds collected six bin bags full of litter from outside Marden Bridge Sports Centre and a playground in Monkseaton with the council’s environment mascots Waldo the Wonderdog and Litter Bug.

Alfie, 14, said: “It’s really important that as the young cabinet member for the environment I organise and take part in clean-up events.

“I am passionate about making a difference to the environment of North Tyneside and the Big Spring Clean helps to support my aims; the campaign also improves the area for young people and other residents.”

Visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk e-mail bigspringclean@northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 2000 103 to find out more about the Big Spring Clean.