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Tidy team effort - Witney

Community spirit and teamwork paid dividends in three community clear-up days across Witney.

Parts of Witney have become cleaner, tidier and more pleasant places to live after the police neighbourhood team, West Oxfordshire District Council, Neighbourhood Action Group members and local volunteers joined forces to clear up their environment.

The areas targeted were Edington Square, Smith Estate and Burwell Drive.

Youths from Base 33 and local residents also donated their time by donning gloves and litter sticks to fill black plastic sacks with rubbish.

Council officers removed graffiti from walls and fences and cut the surrounding grassed areas as well as planting a new tree near the car park at Edington Square.

Local Insp Andy Higgs, said: “The events were a partnership effort and were organised to improve the surroundings we live in.

“I hope the clean up will also help in the fight to reduce criminal damage. Educating people and making them aware that discarding such items in public can increase the risk of them being used to commit criminal damage offences. A crime we will not tolerate in West Oxfordshire.”

The community clear-ups took place over past three Saturdays and there are plans to hold similar events in Chipping Norton and Eynsham.

Clean up dates have been booked for Carterton on 23 June in Carterton,
7 July in Bampton, and 14 July in Burford. If you would like to be a part of this please contact your neighbourhood team at: cartertonneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Posted : 25/05/2007 20:58:50

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