Five pick-up trucks filled with rubbish during community payback clean-up on Wisbech estate

A COMMUNITY payback team joined forces with council staff and police officers to clean up their Fenland estate - filling five pick-up trucks with household rubbish.

An incredible two tonnes of rubbish was collected from the Mount Pleasant Estate, in Waterlees, Wisbech at last week’s event, led by Roddons Housing Association.

Community payback offenders, Fenland District Council Street Scene staff and police representatives filled pick-up trucks with sofas, carpets, mattresses and vacuum cleaners from more than 100 homes.

The rubbish was then separated at a recycling centre and sent for recycling or disposal.

Debbie Tuckey, neighbourhood officer for Roddons Housing Association, said: “The day was very successful and this is an important part of our work with residents to take pride in their area.

“It’s amazing how much difference a tidy front garden or bin area can make to a street. We are committed to improving our communities by providing great homes, reliable services and creating a better place for people to live.”

The purple Safer Fenland Partnership Crimebuster bus was set up to provide an information point for residents to talk to the team from Roddons about their ideas, issues and concerns.

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The green champions from Fenland District Council Street Scene were on hand to inform residents about cleaning, recycling issues and fines as well as the dangers of fly tipping.

Residents had already participated in a survey where they put forward ideas and suggestions on how to make their area a better and cleaner place.

Roddons will use the survey to put environmental improvements in place. Residents can contact the Roddons neighbourhood team on 0300 333 6557 if they would like to take part in the survey or have any questions or suggestions about their community.