***Update on stats: As of 0945hrs on March 6, there were 109 Birmingham-registered events, featuring 2,122 participants***
Cleaner, greener streets – that’s the expected outcome when Birmingham’s widespread participation in the Great British Spring Clean officially gets underway this weekend (March 3-5).
In total, 100 events featuring 2,018 Brummies across the city have been registered for the initiative – organised nationally by Keep Britain Tidy.
Closer to home, Birmingham City Council has taken on an enabling role, supporting citizens, community groups and other organisations so they can stage their own events, underlining the fact that cleaner, greener streets can only be achieved by neighbourhoods working with partners such as councils with a joined-up approach to show pride in the city’s streets.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, said: “The public response locally to the Great British Spring Clean has been amazing – and shows Brummie community spirit at its finest.
“Citizens are making a clear statement about their love for their neighbourhoods and how they are willing to do their bit to make a positive difference to daily life where they live.
“I know many of the groups involved will have been doing work like this for a long time, something we are extremely grateful for. Just as important are those who are volunteering their time for the first time. Hopefully they get the buzz that others do by getting involved and start to play a continued role in their communities so we can collectively deliver on one of the key priorities for citizens across Birmingham – Cleaner, Greener, Streets.”
For a blog from Cllr Trickett on how the Great British Spring Clean links in with the council’s own Cleaner Greener Streets campaign, click here.