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Walderslade residents clean-up in tidy stakes

Date: 22/07/2008           Category: Community Safety

People living in Walderslade pulled on their gloves and wellies to give the village a spring clean. The clean-up campaign, called Bash the Trash, is a joint campaign between Medway Council, Maidstone Borough Council and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and focuses on the bough boundary areas, which parts of Walderslade all fall within. An army of volunteers, including residents, ward councillors, Medway Safer Communities officers, the Youth Offending Team, the Probation Service, took part in the event on Saturday, 12 July. About 40 black refuse sacks were filled with litter that was collected near Taddington Valley, Tunbury recreation ground, Walderslade Woods and the park in Princes Avenue. A similar event in March was hailed as a huge success for encouraging the local community to improve its environment. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “Walderslade is a beautiful village and residents are understandably keen to maintain its clean streets and green spaces. “Community clean-up days are a great way for members of the community to come together to improve the area they live and work in.” All the equipment needed for the event, including litter pickers, gloves, tabards and refuse sacks, was provided by the three councils.