The Big Kirkley Clean Up

13 April 2018

Community pride was shining through in Kirkley as more than 50 residents joined in the Big Kirkley Clean Up and Litter Pick Competition. 

Held on Friday, April 6, the day was organised by the Kirkley People’s Forum, which was set up as part of the Local Conversation in Kirkley.

The Local Conversation is a resident-led project, which involves supporting local people to develop a shared vision for their community and take local action on issues that matter to them.

As part of the Local Conversation project, residents decided on three priorities to focus on – improving the physical environment, life skills and wellbeing, and running a community chest grant-scheme.

Litter and dumped rubbish is an issue that has come up a lot for residents so in the lead up to the day, they got together to walk around and identify fly-tipping hotspot areas. 

Three days before the event, residents dropped leaflets through 700 letterboxes in Kirkley, advertising the availability of skips for them to dispose of their items and also the hotline phone number for collections. 

Through the project, Kirkley People’s Forum supplied two skips including one free, courtesy of a local business. Two further skips where provided, one by an anonymous donor and one by the Kirkley Poor Man’s Trust.  

As well as four skips being filled, 1.5 tons of scrap metal was collected and nearly 50 cars dropped items off.

The items collected and dropped off included sofas, mattresses, wood, glass, cardboard, fish tanks, computers, chairs and tables. Metal collected included bikes, pushchairs, cookers, trolleys, washing machines, tumble dryers and cookers.

The community feedback on the day was brilliant with quotes from a number of people, with one saying what a fantastic idea the event was and that there should be more held in the area. “This is brilliant and thank you” one young person said “I’ve had so much fun helping sort all our rubbish out”. 

Clare Strachan, resident and member of the Kirkley People’s Forum, said: “It was amazing to see the community pulling together and a real community spirit shone through. This was a great way to engage the community and talk to residents who you might not otherwise.

Matthew Grafton, the Community Development Worker, added: “There was a great sense of community spirit and pride as we worked together to make our neighbourhood even better.

“We hope this is the start of getting more community events organised and encourage any residents who want to get involved to do so.”

A collection service was also in place which was very popular with community members that didn’t have access to their own transport including the elderly and young families.

A community litter pick competition ran alongside The Big Kirkley Clean Up, with the 1St Pakefield Scout Group and a team from Talent Match taking part.

The Local Conversation in Kirkley is supported by Community Action Suffolk and funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthIntend through The Health Lottery.

The Kirkley Peoples Forum would like to thank VC Cooke for the free skip hire and various town and district councilors as well as Ben Ablett - Waste Management Officer at Waveney Norse - for all their support on the day and in the lead up to the event. Thanks to EVS Metals for providing their services.

For more information about becoming a member of the Kirkley People’s Forum please contact [email protected] Clare Strachan, Chair of Kirkley Peoples Forum 


Notes to editor

Kirkley People’s Forum

For more information about becoming a member of the Kirkley People’s Forum please contact [email protected] Clare Strachan, Chair of Kirkley Peoples Forum 

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