Date: 03/09/2008 Category: Community Safety
Residents living near Gillingham Green rolled up their sleeves on Saturday, 30 August, to clear the litter that had gathered on the green and around St Mary Magdalene church. Many families, along with Medway Safer Communities Officer David Hughes, the ward councillor, The Rev Suzanne Pattle and PCSO Jo White spent the morning picking up sweet wrappers, drinks cans and discarded newspapers in an effort to improve the appearance of this green space in the heart of Gillingham. Medway Council provided gloves, litter pickers and refuse sacks for everyone and later in the day arranged for a waste truck to come and collect all of the rubbish collected. The church provided the thirsty workers with drinks. Gillingham Green Partners and Community Together (PACT) Chairman Kevin King said: "Keeping our environment a pleasant and tidy place to live is important to us all, but equally important is building a strong sense of community in the area. Our PACT group has achieved a great deal in its first year working with our ward councillors PCSOs and Safer Communities Officer and our aim is to continue to influence changes and voice our opinions about the future of where we live."