In partnership with Phoenix Detached Youth Project and Cedarwood Trust we organised an event to help local people make a difference to the local environment and also gather views on what else could be done to make a difference to the area and make it more pleasant for everyone.

The day started with litter picking, weeding and sweeping up broken glass and we also took some garden shears to the overgrown bushes in the centre of Avon Avenue. 46 people attended including 10 very enthusiastic children who did a grand job with the litter pickers which had been supplied by North Tyneside Council

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Director of Public Health, Wendy Burke, came down to lend a hand saying;

"It's great to see local people taking action to tackle problems in their streets."

Over 35 bags of rubbish were collected and 2 brown bins were filled with garden rubbish whish we took back to add to our compost heap in our community garden.

Thanks were given to all involved with a free BBQ and some residents were rewarded with vouchers for their hard work.

Lots of suggestions came from the event about how further improvements and actions could be taken and our Chief Officer, Mandi Cresswell, will feed these back to the Riverside & Chirton Partnership Board in September.

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