Manchester City Council

Residents give streets spring clean

Youngsters got together with older residents to help give Longsight streets a spring clean.

Dozens of residents worked with Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Great Places Housing Trust officers to clean up streets and alleyways around Northmoor Road on Saturday March 3.

Volunteers, including children, picked enough litter and collected enough unwanted bulky items to fill three skips.

Meanwhile, City Council officers also gave advice to residents about environmental problems such as reporting grot spots and how to make the most of recycling facilities.

GMP officers were able to give advice to residents about making their homes and possessions safer and what to do if they spotted people causing anti social behaviour.

Officers also spoke to residents at a handful of properties telling them to clear up waste lying around in gardens and warned they could take action if the problems weren't resolved.

Volunteers were able to build up stronger community links when a lunch event was held at Northmoor Methodist Church after the clean up, and they also held a five-a-side football tournament in Crowcroft Park during the afternoon.

Councillor Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: "This was a wonderful opportunity for both young and old residents to get together and show their pride in their neighbourhood, and these streets certainly benefited from their hard work over the weekend.

"Events like this provide excellent opportunities for residents to build up links with the City Council and the police. They also enable us to respond to their concerns and we are now planning other similar events across the city."