Posted: 09.06.21 at 17:14 by Shannon O'Neill
EALING Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, has pledged to work with local environmental groups to support the Great Big Southall Clean-up.
It comes as environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, has asked everyone to do their bit and clear up the litter in their local areas for the Great British Spring Clean campaign.
The campaign runs for three weeks from May 28 – June 17, and they are calling on the public to help the charity achieve a million miles of litter-picking.
This year’s campaign comes as the charity has reported a massive increase in the number of people who have started litter-picking during the various lockdowns.
It has seen the number of #LitterHeroes grow by a third in less than 12 months.
Litter Action Group for Ealing Residents (LAGER Can) has organised the Great Big Southall Clean-up to coincide with Keep Britain Tidy's national campaign.
The group's aim is to litter pick as many of the 376 roads in Southall that are not cleaned daily by the Council's contractors.
The launch event was led by Mr Sharma on May 31 at Manor House Grounds.
The Labour MP said: “What better way is there to spend this gorgeous bank holiday than by improving our local environment with a group of highly enthusiastic activists?
"We have all spent a lot more time in our local area in the past year and have come to realise just how important our local park or green space is for our mental and physical health.
"We need to care for these spaces and the Great Big Southall Clean-up is an opportunity for everyone to take a small action that, collectively, can make a big difference.
"I want to thank LAGER Can, the Southall Lions and all of the volunteers who gave up some of their Bank Holiday Monday for an amazing cause, the conservation of our local environment in Ealing Southall.”
LAGER Can administrator, Cathy Swift, told Ealing Nub News: "Originally the Great Big Southall Clean-up was meant to run until June 13, but we extended it in order to accommodate a local food company whose senior management team are taking part in the clean-up on June 17."
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