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Residents' action day takes back estate

Created on 06/03/2017 @ 11:48
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Residents have been brought together to help take back their Newtown housing estate, clearing litter and making it a nicer environment.

The residents, school children and other volunteers turned out in force to help at the Treowen Estate Action Day.
The event, organised by Powys County Council’s housing team, took place on Treowen in Newtown and enabled residents to work together to clear up the estate, enjoy a free breakfast with their neighbours and to meet with local service providers.
Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Rosemarie Harris said: “The Estate Action day was a chance for residents to join together to help improve their neighbourhood. It was also an opportunity to meet with council staff and other local service providers to tell us what improvements could be made and to find out what’s available locally.”
“Local member Cllr Joy Jones took an active role in the event as she encouraged residents to be involved and take the opportunity to ‘clear out’ any unwanted items. It was a great joint effort with many people pulling together to make a successful event. Thank you and well done all involved.”
Keep Wales Tidy coordinator, Sue Newham, led 35 young litter pickers and six adults from Treowen School throughout the morning and they contributed over 28 volunteer hours and collected three and a half bags of litter from the estate. Elsewhere on the estate, local people of all ages picked litter and highlighted issues for local council staff to address.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr John Powell comments: “It was fantastic to see so many come together to help keep the Treowen estate tidy and at its best. Over 1800 kilos of waste was removed from the estate at the end of the event.”
Tesco store in Newtown provided 20 hours of volunteers, all the breakfasts and refreshments. Groundworks staff from local contractor Greenfingers also worked alongside the volunteers.
Powys Children and Young People’s Partnership, Powys County Council’s Road Safety team, Waste Awareness, Robert Owen Community Bank and Cambrian Credit Union were on hand to advise residents about their services alongside County Councillors and tenant representative Susan Hill.
This is one of a series of Estate Action Days planned in the coming months, others are encouraged to please get involved in the Oldford and Trehafren Action Days planned to take place in April.

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