This morning (Saturday 19th March) saw the first Clayhanger Community Spring Clean and, 15 bags of rubbish later, I think it can be hailed a success.
Rounding the corner from Clayhanger Lane into the co-op car park at 8.30 am, I hear a babble of laughter and a clutch of volunteer litter pickers waiting. Laura Terry (Area Partnership Manager, Walsall Council) is handing out gloves, litter pickers and plastic bags. I smile to myself, relieved that folk have turned up!
Everyone is cheery and keen to get started. Throughout the hour and half picking litter, there were 11 volunteers in total, each giving as much time as they could spare.
Between us, we cleared the rubbish from the co-op car park, including the area behind the metal fencing (thank you to Jack, the Deputy Manager, who let us through the shop) and I hope you agree that it’s looking pretty smart.
We spread out onto Clayhanger Lane and up onto Northfields Way as far as the turn for Allerdale Road.
It was a very worth while 90 minutes, not just for clearing the litter, but for catching up with people not seen for a while and to make new friends with fellow Clayhanger residents.
Leaving the village later, I noticed that the area from the island to under the railway bridge on Clayhanger Lane is pretty untidy with litter and the area at the entrance to the common at The Spot and along hedgerow towards the bridge over the canal is strewn with litter.
A Summer Tidy is planned for Saturday 25th June, 8.30am – 10.30am,
focusing on the The Spot and under the bridge on Clayhanger Lane.
I leave you with this image found on Twitter today.