Calderdale’s Big Clean

Volunteers gather for The Big Clean at Hipperholme.
Volunteers gather for The Big Clean at Hipperholme.

With hopefully better and brighter weather around the corner, Calderdale is undergoing a major Spring clean with community clean-ups across the borough.

Throughout the week, community groups and volunteers have taken responsibilty for their neighbourhood and given streets and parks some tender loving to create a cleaner and greener Calderdale.

On Monday, Lower Valley areas of Brighouse, Elland, Greetland, Stainland, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe and Rastrick were the first areas to be tackled in Calderdale Council’s Big Clean.

Halifax’s Skircoat Green, Crow Wood Park at Sowerby Bridge, and Town and Park wards were tackled with black sacks, sweeping brushes and trimmers by conscientious volunteers.

Halifax North and East communities felt the wrath of the community clean-up brush on the third day of the Big Clean that covered Illingworth and Mixenden, Northowram, Shelf, Ovenden and Warley.

On the final day of the community clean-up, the Upper Valley areas of Hebden Bridge, Luddendenfoot, Ryburn and Todmorden were given a good scrub ready for the lighter nights and longer days.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney (Lab, Tod), said: “The Big Clean week is a great way to raise awareness and target areas which are in need of tidying up.

“The campaign is about helping people make a difference to their communities. Calderdale is a great place to live and by working together we can make it even better.”

Calder County also joined in the big clean and cleared over 40 bags of rubbish in Luddenden.

Twenty five members of Halifax Canoe Club gave up their morning to clean the River Calder. Volunteers started from the club base at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, collecting rubbish including traffic cones, a bike, tyres and even a sofa.

Canoe Club chairperson, Pete Face, said: “We are tremendously proud of the club and local area and want to play our part in the community, plus it’s a lot nicer to paddle on a clean river.”