Cleveland Road Residents Spring in to Action

05 April 2019

Residents from the Kirkley area gathered in true community force last weekend to take part in a litter pick and tidy-up of an unloved community garden.

Residents felt compelled to put a plan into action and nine dedicated individuals came together on Saturday 30th March, for three hours to tidy the area around Cleveland road.

Recycled items, such as plastics and cardboard filled a blue waste bin, whilst cardboard boxes were filled with a plethora of discarded glass objects. In total over 200kg of general waste were collected on the day, in a bid to make the area a cleaner, brighter place to enjoy.

Supported by and using equipment from the Kirkley People’s Forum, this event was part of the Local Conversation in Kirkley, which is about local people being empowered to make change together.

As part of the Local Conversation, residents decided on three priorities to focus on – improving the physical environment, life skills and wellbeing, and running a community chest grant-scheme. Using local wisdom and experience, they are working together to take action across these priorities.

Litter and dumped rubbish is an issue that has come up a lot for residents so they decided to take action to make their neighbourhood even better.

The project is supported by Community Action Suffolk and funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised through Health Lottery East.

A local resident who participated in the event said: “It’s nice to see the area being cleared after being a mess for so long, I hope we can make it a community space once again! “

Speaking after the event, a number of residents expressed how keen they were to participate on a regular basis and are now looking at setting regular dates to keep the area tidy, the group are also exploring the potential of developing further community projects in the area.

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes at People’s Health Trust, said: “Residents are showing a great sense of community spirit and pride in Kirkley. We know that access to good quality green space has a strong influence on our health and it is great to see local people work together to take action on an issue that is important to them”

Organisers of the event thanked Waveney Norse for their support in collection of the items gathered.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact: Matthew Grafton at the Kirkley Centre on 01502 553353. For further information about the Local Conversation project in Kirkley, please contact David Lawrence at [email protected]

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People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

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