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A new anti-litter campaign to keep Redditch tidy has begun ahead of the ‘Great British Spring Clean’.

Residents, councillors, public workers and people on a community payback scheme are carrying out targeted cleaning in the Smallwood area of Redditch around the national Great British Spring Clean in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.

Already residents of Beaufort Street and South Street have moved their cars to allow a deep clean there by a borough council road sweeper, and a community payback project via Worcestershire County Council will trim back foliage, clean signs, and tidy up other parts of the area following the Great British Spring Clean weekend of 3-5 March.

After that, Smallwood residents and ward councillors via their local PACT meeting will finish the deep clean with another litter pick on March 18, before new signs are erected asking everyone to respect where they live.

Redditch Borough Council is also offering resources and support to any other people or groups that want to organise local community litter-picks for the Great British Spring Clean – and inviting nominations for new locations to focus on after Smallwood.

For anyone planning community litter picks the borough council will loan out litter pickers, provide refuse sacks, come and collect the litter, and offer advice and support.

Cllr Debbie Taylor, Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “The Great British Spring Clean may just be one weekend a year but we’re cleaning in our communities every day. If you’d like to bring a big clean up to a place near you, let us know and we will support you all year round.

“This council spends a lot of time and money that could be used elsewhere just going round the borough picking up what other people drop. Unfortunately until people stop dropping litter we have to run just to stand still.”

To nominate an area for an anti-litter focus, go to www.redditchbc.gov.uk/clean or contact your ward councillor.