Borough’s streets given spring clean

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TONNES of rubbish were cleared from the borough’s streets as hundreds of North Tynesiders young and old took part in an annual tidy up campaign.

They were joined by schools, community groups and businesses to for litter-picks held as part of North Tyneside Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

Altogether, 17 litter-picks were held this year, between March and the end of last month, with 240 bags of rubbish being filled and taken away.

Police and firefighters were also involved in the initiative, using it as an opportunity to tackle fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and home fire safety issues.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “I would like to thank the many people who gave up their time to support the Big Spring Clean.

“Some residents gave up a few hours, others the whole day, and I know that on occasions the clean-up events took place during terrible weather conditions.

“This showed real commitment from residents as well as the pride that people have in our fantastic borough.” Chief Inspector Steve Readdie, of the police’s North Tyneside area command, added: “This initiative has achieved excellent results.

“We understand that fly-tipping and litter are real quality-of-life issues which can quickly make an area look run down and uncared for.”