VOLUNTEERS and Council staff in the Bradford West constituency have been hard at work in their neighbourhood with a series of clean-ups and campaigns, giving people the chance to take pride in their locality.

After residents complained about the area around the lake in Horton Park, staff and volunteers took part in a major spruce up which was completed over a number of weekends.

Volunteers also mucked in to litter pick the area around Chellow Dean Beck, Haworth Road.

Bradford West Neighbourhood Wardens, Cath Taylor and Mark Burnside supported the Big Clean as part of Copthorne Primary School’s annual Environmental Week.

This was a partnership event working with the school staff, parents, businesses and the Council’s Clean Team.

Local community members recently organised a community litter pick in Thornton. People from the community, Thornton Community Centre, the local PCOS`s and Thornton Youth Club took part. They picked up litter from a number of different local places.

More litter picks planned as part of 'Bradford Spring Clean'

Around 30 volunteers including adults and young people took part in a clean-up event in Clayton, supported by staff from the Bradford West Area Co-ordinator’s Office.

Improving the environment is one of Manningham’s key priorities and the Manningham Ward Partnership Team is holding monthly ‘Street Meets’.

These will work with communities to find local solutions to environmental problems, as well as provide education through council Neighbourhood Wardens and enforcement where necessary.

At the heart of this approach are the Neighbourhood Wardens who will identify local community champions and give them support and resources to champion community pride and encourage environmental responsibility.

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “These are just a few examples of some excellent projects taking place throughout the whole of Bradford West.

“Our hard working staff and public-spirited volunteers deserve the highest possible praise for going the extra mile in helping their community.

“It’s easy to complain about an issue, but it’s much more helpful and rewarding to actually roll up your sleeves and help the Council to sort it out.”