Sparkbrook residents joined Birmingham City Council, the public health team and other partners for a mass clear-up of one of Birmingham’s busiest High streets.
Sparkbrook Sparkling saw volunteers clear a stretch of the Stratford Rd from Camp Hill Island through to Ladypool Rd.
Mohammed Ashfaq of drug and alcohol support service KIKIT Pathways to Recovery said: “What we wanted to do today was empower local people to come out and make a difference. The people of Sparkbrook are really passionate about their community and we want to work with the City Council to improve the area.”
Piali DasGupta, assistant chief executive of Birmingham City Council, said: “It’s so inspiring to see the teamwork between council officers and people from the community. Eeveryone clearly believes in what is happening here.”
Abdullah Rehman of the Balsall Heath Forum said: “It’s really important for us to be working in partnership. We, the residents, want the same thing the city wants. We want to improve the lives of local people, improve our area and inspire people.