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Community rallies round for clean up

PUBLISHED: 17:16 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 July 2010

TIDY MINDS: Volunteers on the  bank of the River Yare with some of the rubbish recovered from the river

TIDY MINDS: Volunteers on the bank of the River Yare with some of the rubbish recovered from the river

Alan Thompson

TWO sofas, an office chair, a bike frame and an old toilet were among the items collected in the first Cobholm Island RiverCare clean-up.

Thirteen residents from the Breydon Road, Crittens Road and Breydon Bridge area along the bank of the River Yare volunteered to better their environment on Saturday morning.

TWO sofas, an office chair, a bike frame and an old toilet were among the items collected in the first Cobholm Island RiverCare clean-up.

Thirteen residents from the Breydon Road, Crittens Road and Breydon Bridge area along the bank of the River Yare volunteered to better their environment on Saturday morning.

Co-ordinator of Anglian Water's RiverCare project Greg Hall said that everyone who came out for the event enjoyed themselves.

He said: “We are now hoping to make the clear-up in this area a quarterly event and plan to have one sometime in May. It was interesting to see who came along to help as well. There were dog walkers and cyclists who were all keen to keep the area clean and tidy.”

He said that this area had been targeted because the dyke system at Cobholm is a notorious hotspot for illegal littering and fly-tipping which, apart from being an eye-sore to local residents and walkers, poses a significant threat to wildlife. He said that Cobholm Island RiverCare Group was established to help raise awareness and tackle the problem.

He added: “We worked in partnership with Community Connections to engage members of the local Cobholm community and provide them with the training, equipment and support they need to organise regular clean-ups.”

He said that the Cobholm clear-up was the 36th in a series for the Anglia region. He hoped that the initiative could grow further and RiverCare was looking at other potential sites in the Yarmouth area and that these were being discussed with the relevant agencies at the moment.

He said: “I think the there is a potential to substantially grow this initiative for the benefit of all who live in, or visit Yarmouth.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for future Cobholm Island RiverCare events should contact Greg Hall on 01502 714135.

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