Southend Youth Council members are getting involved with a nationwide clean-up this month, to help clean up the borough and make it a better and cleaner place.
The Great British September Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, was due to happen in the Spring as the Great British Spring Clean, but due to Coronavirus it had to be postponed. The event takes place between Friday 11 September – Sunday 27 September, and the Youth Council will be getting involved by taking part in a series of clean-ups in the Borough’s parks, as part of the events within the Great British September Clean. All events will comply with current Government guidelines, including limiting groups to a maximum of six. Some members will also be taking part in a virtual litter workshop with the Council’s waste team, to review the issues raised in 2020 and how to best cope with these situations going forward.
Grace Lamont, The Youth Council’s Joint Environmental Officer, had this to say about the month’s events: “The youth council have previously organised and run park/beach cleans as well as tree plantings which were all successful in aiding the local environment. We are also taking part in two more park cleans for the Great British September clean. From an environmental standpoint events like the September clean largely aid local biodiversity and by participating in events like this the youth council show support to a greener, more sustainable future.
Youth Councillor Teddy Melville had this to say: “Speaking to the environmental manager helped me understand in detail the factors causing spikes in litter spread across parks and beaches. We definitely have room to improve in a number of different areas which is why the Youth Council are taking parts in events to help make our community become the best it can be whilst still offering wonderful opportunities for tourists and Locals.”
Youth Mayor Eugene Vlas had this to say about the clean-ups and his ambitions on how this can keep happening: “Last Month’s beach clean was a great success and a surprise to us all on what we found. In the recent Make Your Mark ballot, there was concern from young people about the environment and the level of lotter in the Borough and this is something the Youth council is keen to address. We hope, as a Youth Council, to continue to clean parks and beaches in the local area and we encourage others to pick up litter wherever they can.”
The event is also open for schools and individuals to register, and more details can be found on the Keep Britain Tidy website.