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Residents in Eastwood were given the opportunity to get rid of tonnes of rubbish and unwanted items for free in a bid to clean up their area thanks to the Safer Streets programme.

The clean-up day has been described as a huge success after more than 30 residents discarded old furniture and unwanted items.

Three refuse vehicles were deployed to Princes Street, which allowed people in the surrounding area an opportunity to discard of unwanted waste.

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Oliver Haw, a resident of Princes Street who has lived in Eastwood for more than 40 years, called the Safer Streets-funded clean-up day “incredibly important” for the local area.

Residents in Eastwood discard of unwanted items. (Photo by: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)Residents in Eastwood discard of unwanted items. (Photo by: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)
Residents in Eastwood discard of unwanted items. (Photo by: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)

He said: “For the community it’s great, because we’ve got the DH Lawrence Museum up the road and a lot of people walk around here and they don’t like to see tonnes of rubbish piled up.”

The day was made possible after the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire secured £3 million of Home Office funding for Safer Streets projects to reduce neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as violence against women and girls.

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In Eastwood, this funding has already resulted in seven new double street lights in previously dimly lit areas, 31 CCTV cameras in key areas, as well as new electric police bicycles to aid officers when out on patrol.

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A few of the unwanted items that were thrown away thanks to the clean up day. (Photo by: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)A few of the unwanted items that were thrown away thanks to the clean up day. (Photo by: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)
A few of the unwanted items that were thrown away thanks to the clean up day. (Photo by: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire)

Caroline Henry, county police and crime commissioner, said, “It’s fantastic to see the work being done during the recent clean-up day in Eastwood, a place close to my heart because it’s where I grew up, I love this place.”

“Clearing up litter and scrubbing off graffiti were just a few of the things done to make Eastwood look as loved as it deserves to look.”

The Safer Streets programme is being delivered as part of an ongoing partnership between the OPCC, Nottinghamshire Police and Broxtowe Council, among other local authorities.

Coun Helen Skinner, council portfolio holder for environment and climate change, said: “It’s great to see residents doing their bit and working with us to tidy up the local area in this way to make it cleaner and safer for everyone. Reducing crime and helping people to feel safe is down to so many different factors and clean-up events like this one can have a real impact.”