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
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
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
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
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.