Volunteers go the extra mile

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:39 28 May 2010

THE Street Pride Volunteers, made up of Fenland District Council staff, are joining forces with the residents of Leverington to clear almost a mile of Sea Bank footpath tomorrow (Saturday). Council staff are piloting the Street Pride Volunteer scheme befo

THE Street Pride Volunteers, made up of Fenland District Council staff, are joining forces with the residents of Leverington to clear almost a mile of Sea Bank footpath tomorrow (Saturday).

Council staff are piloting the Street Pride Volunteer scheme before rolling it out to members of the public who may be keen to join the worthwhile community-spirited team to tidy up local areas.

The Sea Bank footpath becomes overgrown in the summer months, making it difficult for residents to walk its length. Tomorrow the volunteers will be hard pruning the Sea Bank path so it can be enjoyed more easily when the good weather comes.

About 15 council staff will be turning up at the Sea Bank at about 9.45am, prepared for a couple of hours physical, but rewarding, exercise. They will be joined by residents of Leverington. Any residents who would like to take part can simply turn up tomorrow morning.

The March branch of Ridgeons Ltd has donated £50 worth of vouchers to the volunteers to put towards tools or equipment.

Peter Murphy, portfolio holder for Streets Ahead, said: "We are very proud of our volunteers. Staff turn out to support the Street Pride initiative as volunteers. They do not get paid. They are leading by example and local residents are responding and joining in. This is an excellent example community spirit in action.

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