Businesses, town centre leaders and an army of volunteers have issued a challenge to keep Northampton town centre looking its best, after collecting more than half a tonne of litter in one morning.
The concerted clean-up campaign – organised by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) – saw business owners encouraged to transform the look of their workplace and make shops, cafes, restaurants even more welcoming to visitors to the town centre.
They were joined by volunteers from the Northants Litter Wombles, Mayor of Northampton Cllr Rufia Ashraf and representatives from West Northamptonshire Council and Northampton Town Council – with almost 50 people collecting more than 100 bags of rubbish from known litter hot spots around the town centre.
The dedicated ‘tidy day’ forms part of a series of projects to smarten up the town, encouraging all business owners to take pride in their premises and get Northampton looking its best.
The Tidy Day formed the focal point of a week of action across the town. Other days will see similar activities organised by Northampton Town Council, with each councillor taking the lead for their individual wards.
Community groups are also encouraged to get involved and can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to conduct their own activity through the Constance Travis Global Goals fund via the Northamptonshire Community Foundation website.