A first valiant effort took place on Sunday 6th May when a dozen volunteers tackled the former B&Q site opposite the station. In just over an hour, the site was litter-free! Now we would like to do the same for as many residential roads in Hitchin as possible.
As it happens, there is a national campaign to rid neighbourhoods of litter and encourage local residents to care for the areas where they live and regularly walk, Love where you live: http://www.lovewhereyoulive.org , which we have joined, saying we are willing to organise a town-wide litter clean up for Hitchin.We are suggesting a two-hour slot (10am – 12 noon) on Sunday 27th May, one week before Jubilee weekend, for a focused effort by residents to clean up their own streets, footpaths and neighbourhoods. If you cannot manage that particular time, please find another and let us know.
This is a real partnership effort: Hitchin Initiative has kindly provided black bags for all the litter and 10 litter-pickers for us to use. All this has been supplied by NHDC’s Serviceteam which has also arranged to collect the black bags. We are also covered by Hitchin Initiative’s public liability insurance.
What would we like you to do? Arrange with your neighbours to do a clean-up in your street, or footpaths near you etc. Let us know what area you’ll be clearing – we need to know this to arrange Serviceteam collection afterwards – and we’ll provide you with black bags and a litter-picker (the latter on a first come, first served basis). Please take before and after photographs, including one of your litter-picking team, and send them to us to use for publicity purposes. We’d also love photos of particular litter hotspots you know about, and we’d love to hear of any ‘Litter Heroes’ you know who regularly clean up, regardless of campaigns or Jubilees!
We are calling our campaign Love Hitchin – pick up on litter and are concentrating on residential areas because the Council generally does a good job on the town centre. It is also being supported by the Hitchin Comet. Please join us!
You can contact us through the Hitchin Forum website at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Let’s get Hitchin litter-free for the Queen’s Jubilee!