NALC is supporting the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, which aims to clear up litter from all our communities in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Both the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are supporting this worthwhile initiative which is being led by Country Life magazine, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the national charity Keep Britain Tidy.
We are calling on individuals, volunteer groups, local parish and town councils, businesses and schools to do their bit and spruce up the country’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks.
After last year’s Community Clear-Up Day when we know a number of town and parish councils helped clear litter from parks, streets and riverbanks, in December 2015 the Government agreed with the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s recommendation to explore ways to make a national litter-picking day an annual event.
For 2016 the most sensible option is to join-up with a range of other interested organisations to deliver a hugely successful ‘Clean for the Queen’ on the weekend on March 4th, 5th and 6th 2016.
The website http://www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk/resources/2466 has details of how to organise an event and how to get hold of equipment and other resources.
Cllr Ken Browse, chairman of NALC, said: “I would welcome anyone involved with town and parish councils to take part in the March Clean for the Queen weekend – whether promoting the event within their local council, encouraging their wider networks to get involved, or by joining a local litter pick themselves. Together we can help improve the quality of our streets and public spaces and create a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”