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Litter picking event unites Brent community

29 September 2011

A massive litter picking event on 22 September 2011 in Peel Precinct, South Kilburn, organised by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) as part of the Love Where You Live campaign, united the local community and brought people together in a fantastic display of civic pride.

The litter pick was very successful and well attended. Representatives from Keep Britain Tidy, cleaning contractors Wettons, local residents, BHP staff, local ward councillors, the safer neighbourhood team, Veolia, Community Payback and local school children all joined in to show their support of the project and their local community.

Gerry Doherty, chief executive of BHP, said: "We are very excited to be involved with this worthwhile campaign. We are hopeful that this litter picking event will make an impact in the way people dispose of litter and encourage them to take more responsibility for their communities". 

Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, said: "We're delighted that Brent Housing Partnership is supporting Love Where You Live. Our ambitious campaign can only work with the support of everyone in the community - individuals, businesses, schools and voluntary organisations. With the help of innovative organisations like Brent Housing Partnership, Love Where You Live will make a real difference to the places where people live, work and play."

Brent kids

One of the schoolchildren, Cody Garcia aged 9, said: "People shouldn't throw rubbish like this; it is like they don't care. They need to throw their rubbish in the bin".

The general consensus among the young children who took part was that the amount of litter they came across was "disgusting and horrible". "People are being naughty and should know how to clean up"; "Everyone should look after where they live", were just some of their responses on the day.

Sergeant Graeme Day, from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: "Today's event has been a triumph for partnership working, and will hopefully make people more aware of how much rubbish we dispose of, and how we should make sure to dispose of it properly".

BHP neighbourhood warden, Bismark Adomako-Mensah, said: "This has been a very interesting event. It is great to see how many people have come together to clean up their area. We are all working together and trying to build a stronger community".

Liz Leicester, a South Kilburn resident, said: "This event has been very good and has made people think about their actions. We are all united in wanting to live in a nice, clean place and today proved that".

Ann Hawthorn, another South Kilburn resident, said: "I am amazed at the amount of people who have turned up today. The amount of rubbish has been a real eye-opener. It was amazing to see how it built up so quickly. This event has definitely generated awareness amongst the community".

You can also read about this event on the Brent Housing Partnership website.

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