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Posted 27 June 2016

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Tidy up a huge success

The Big Barton Tidy Up on Thursday 23 June 2016 was a huge success with skips being filled in just a matter of hours.

Working in partnership with Sanctuary Housing, Barton Neighbourhood Policing Team and North Lincolnshire Council, stour staff helped tenants clean up the area.

Roy Melton, a resident living on Yarborough Court, said: “Getting rid of rubbish is a job that’s easy to put off doing, so having these skips available to use has been great. It’s brilliant this service has been free of charge to people living in the area as well.

"Hiring a skip can be really expensive, so for some people they wouldn’t be able to get rid of all this rubbish without the support of Ongo and the tidy up.

“As well as saving money it has really helped to tidy up the area and bring the community together.”

Jo Sylvester, Housing Officer for Barton, was really pleased with how the day went. She said: “The tidy up was brilliant. I can’t believe how quickly people started coming out their houses with rubbish they wanted to get rid of. It shows it was a good idea to hold a tidy up in Barton.

“There was a real buzz on the estate with everyone getting involved, and staff working with tenants to tidy the area up to make a real difference for the community. Everyone worked together as a big team and I think that shows in how the area now looks.

“I was so pleased to see tenants giving their own time to improve the area in which they live. One man found a broken bike frame, took it home and fixed it up so it could be used again. He then gave it to someone else living on the estate who will be able to make great use of it. A brilliant example of community spirit right there.”

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