Community litter pick leads to a cleaner Havering | Wates

Havering Council and Wates Residential have taken part in a community litter pick to help make the borough a cleaner and tidier place to live.

The joint venture partners, which are working together to deliver the biggest regeneration programme in Havering, teamed up to collect litter from Berwick Woods on Wednesday.

Cllr Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council, was joined by Neil Stubbings, Director of Regeneration, and Wates Residential staff to remove rubbish from the green. In total, the team collected 13 bags.

Havering Council is dedicated to ensuring that the borough is kept safe and clean for residents. Delivering great parks and green spaces for the community is a priority for 2019 and Wednesday’s litter pick is just one activity designed to help achieve this goal.

In April, the Council launched its Cleaner Neighbourhood Campaign, which saw an extra £400,000 invested into street cleaning to help maintain the beauty of the borough. This extra money has seen the frequency of cleaning in residential streets increase from once every three weeks to fortnightly.

Wates Residential is currently working in partnership with Havering Council to deliver around 5,000 high quality homes over the next 12 to 15 years, increasing the amount of council rented accommodation and affordable homes. The right to return is also guaranteed to all residents.

The litter pick comes after plans were submitted for the Napier and New Plymouth House site in Rainham in May. The site is one of 12 included in the estate regeneration programme which includes 126 affordable homes, with a number earmarked for families, and a further 71 homes for private sale.

As part of the project, the partners are investing in education, training and skills as they deliver a borough-wide legacy.

In May, a free training course that provided participants with the support and tools to start a business proved a success in Havering after more than 80 residents took part.

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“I’d like to thank everyone from the Council and Wates Residential for volunteering to help clean up Berwick Woods and support our wider campaign for a Cleaner Havering.

Like everybody in the borough we are proud to live here and we have listened to residents’ concerns. Our investment to increase the frequency of our street cleaning will mean cleaner communities for everyone.

We also want to highlight those who persist in blighting our borough with littering, fly-tipping, dropping chewing gum and not clearing up their dog mess, which is why we need residents to do their part and work with us for a Cleaner, Safer, Prouder Havering, together.”

Lia Silva, Development Director from Wates Residential, said:

“It was great to be involved in the litter pick on Wednesday. Havering is a fantastic borough and I enjoyed pitching in to ensure it continues to be a great place to visit and live.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Havering Council and working with the team on further community activities as the build progresses.”

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