Hatfield plans autumn clean-up

PUBLISHED: 17:19 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:34 03 May 2017

Litter-picking teams hit the streets of Hatfield.

Litter-picking teams hit the streets of Hatfield.

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Organisers of a recent community spring clean across Hatfield are planning to repeat the operation in early October.

Last month, 16 volunteer teams, armed with tools, bags, and high-visibility jackets by the borough council, removed litter from targeted areas of Hatfield in a week-long operation spearheaded by residents Marian Hurle and Cathy Roe.

Marian, who has organised several previous spring cleans, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times a similar autumn operation would mobilise volunteers between October 2 and October 8.

She said: “We are getting more and more people coming out. We got some university students this year.

“There is a huge amount of litter. People mostly throw it out of cars. Ninety per cent of it is fast food and drink cartons.”

Several teams were led by borough councillors, such as Pankit Shah, Duncan Bell, and Maureen Cook.

Volunteers included members of the Welhatcycling group, who took away some of the bags of rubbish on two wheels.

Councillor Shah, who worked in central Hatfield and Hatfield Garden Village, said: “I think it went brilliantly. We have agreed we should be doing it two times a year.

“It makes a good community gathering.”

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