Residents unite for Big Tidy Up in Leatherhead

First published in This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Epsom

Residents of all ages united to clean up their streets in Leatherhead on Saturday.

People collected 100 bin bags of rubbish, painted garage doors, removed wooden pallets and a bath which had been dumped as part of the Big Tidy Up.

Led by the community safety partnership’s joint action group and with support from Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley, the clean-up was arranged after Fairs Road and Kingston Road residents decided they needed to target litter in the area through community action.

Veolia Waste Services provided a vehicle to remove the rubbish and personnel to assist, while local shops, including the One Stop Convenience Store, also lent a hand by providing refreshments.

Surrey County Councillor Tim Hall, member for Leatherhead and Fetcham East, Councillor Philippa Shimmin and Councillor Bridget Lewis-Carr, both members for Leatherhead North, were all involved in the clean-up.

They said: "I don’t think anybody could have expected the clean-up to be as successful as it was in both the number of volunteers and in what they have achieved and it is wonderful to see so many people taking pride in their local community."

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