Residents keep streets clean

2019-04-02 06:00
Bianca Matthews, Donny Meyer, Simone Peters, Bernie Matthews, Braden Holland, Beverley Peters and Clinton Forlee with pooches, Bella, Remy and Chuck (the shy one).

Bianca Matthews, Donny Meyer, Simone Peters, Bernie Matthews, Braden Holland, Beverley Peters and Clinton Forlee with pooches, Bella, Remy and Chuck (the shy one).

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Plumstead residents and shelter dogs are once again set to take to the streets of their neighbourhood to do their part to ensure the area remains clean.

“A few months ago whilst on a run in the neighbourhood, I saw so much litter strewn around and thought that something should be done about it,” explains Clinton Forlee, organiser of the I Love My Hood – Plumstead initiative.

He says, “I mentioned the idea to my wife and to my colleagues at work, and they loved the idea and decided to join me on this initiative.”

It sees community members taking part in a group walk where they pick up all visible litter on their route. Some members kicked it up a notch, bringing along dogs from a community shelter for the first walk on Saturday 16 March.

“Seven of us took part, plus three dogs. The dogs loved it, especially those from Plumstead Animal Hospital Shelter. The rest of us also had a great time out, walking, chatting and laughing. We were surprised at how much litter we collected in an hour,” he says.

He started the initiative, which is now set to take place every fortnight, after finding that his neighbours would also like to do something about the litter in the area.

“Plumstead is relatively well kept. I do see the council teams coming in every now and then to do street sweeping and clean up. However, I believe that it is required more regularly.

He adds, “I know that there are others in the neighbourhood who share my feeling about the litter in our area. We cannot expect the council to keep our streets clean all the time. It is our responsibility to take care of what we have been blessed with.”

Furthermore, he said some people would like to be more active, and also take their dogs for a walk and enjoy the surroundings. By combining this all together, it is an idea that has been well supported and attractive to many out there.

Based on these benefits, Forlee is confident that this initiative will continue to grow – not only in Plumstead but in other areas too.

“As a resident of Plumstead, I plan to be involved in this area mainly. I would like to see the involvement and support growth. I have encouraged my colleagues to start this in the areas where they live.”

The local Clicks and Spar have already shown their support by donating the black bin bags that were used to collect the rubbish found in the streets.

Forlee hopes that more people will participate in the future and encourages participants to bring whatever tools they may need to make the experience easier and more fun.

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