Helping to improve estate appearance

Coun Harrison (centre) with students from Catch 22 and the council's environmental mascots.
Coun Harrison (centre) with students from Catch 22 and the council's environmental mascots.

Members of a c community have joined forces to improve their local area.

Battle Hill has received a makeover thanks to North Tyneside Council and a group of 16 to 18-year-olds on the National Citizenship Programme, run by Catch 22.

As well as collecting more than half a tonne of litter, the young people helped wardens remove graffiti and paint a subway.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “The week-long activities happened as a direct result to listening to the residents and the response we had while out in the community was excellent.

“It was wonderful to see young people taking such pride in the borough and their commitment to helping our estate clean-up teams.”

Northumbria Police marked bikes security tags and home fire safety checks were carried out by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

District Manager Phil Clark, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “By working together with North Tyneside Council and Catch 22, we have seen fantastic results from this clean up event.

“The community has teamed up together to gather litter and clean up the area.

“The young people have taken great pride in improving the place and the rubbish has been removed, which has reduced the risk of anti-social behaviour fires in the area.”

Inspector Neil Armsworth added: “We are committed to keeping our area pleasant and safe for all.

“We work with our partners to provide an overarching service to the community. These activities and events help us get out into the community and really give us an idea of what our residents and businesses want.”