Handy 10th birthday gifts for Street Pride groups
As three Street Pride groups celebrate their 10th birthdays, there are calls for more volunteers to help keep Fenland clean and tidy.
To mark their decade of clean-up activities, two groups - Parson Drove and Chatteris - have been presented with Handi Carts, a new bit of environmental kit designed to make their lives a little easier.
The lightweight and easily manoeuvrable carts incorporate two bags that enable people to separate and sort litter into general waste and items for recycling. They can hold more than 32 kilograms of rubbish.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Cabinet member responsible for the environment, joined the Parson Drove group when they tried out their cart for the first time.
He said: "Groups like this have done an incredible amount over the years for their particular communities and it's always particularly good to see children helping out. They obviously enjoyed using the new cart.
"All our volunteers with Street Pride, In Bloom and the various Friends groups do a wonderful job for Fenland and long may that continue. At the same time, I know that they would all welcome more helpers - the more, the better."
Whittlesey Street Pride is the third group that has been going strong for 10 years. They will be marking the anniversary with a social evening at Childers on April 22; they are also planning to install a new bench along The Bower.
Elsewhere, there are moves to set up new Street Pride groups in Doddington and Elm to add to the 12 that already exist around the district.
Two residents in Doddington are planning a litterpick there on March 4 with a view to establishing a formal group and posters have also gone up in Elm to gauge the level of interest there.
For more information, call Rebecca Robinett, Fenland District Council's Street Pride coordinator, on 01354 654321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.