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By Simon Wesson, Reporter
Thursday, March 15, 2012
LITTER picking, planting bulbs and cleaning grafitti are some of the tasks the council is encouraging Welwyn Hatfield residents to get involved with, after a new programme was given the go-ahead.
The Adopt-a-road scheme – designed to complement Welwyn Hatfield Council’s work – is asking groups “who care about and support their neighbourhood” to chose an area to ‘adopt’.
Approved at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, March 6, the scheme would see groups including community organisations, businesses, schools or residents to volunteer.
Proposed activities include litter-picking, clearing leaves or fallen fruit, planting bulbs, minor clearance of weeds and shrubs, cleaning of graffiti or any other projects that would improve the streetscene.
The council will assist volunteers by providing them with a welcome pack, basic equipment, plants and assistance in clearing or collecting any rubbish or waste resulting from work that they have done.
A community and environment officer will also be assigned to each group. They will be their personal contact and assist with the collection of rubbish resulting from litter picking exercises, or to arrange mentoring for larger projects.
Councillor Colin Couch, executive member for environment, said: “By supporting this scheme, you will demonstrate a pride in your community and really make a difference to your local area, which will form an integral part of Welwyn Hatfield’s ‘Big Society’ and help to create or increase community spirit.”
If you wish to volunteer and ‘Adopt-a-road’, email contacts-WHC@welhat.gov.uk, or call 01707 357000 for more information.