A dedicated autumn clear-up will “Love Cotgrave” next month, committed to further sprucing parts of the town up and local councils and partner agencies need your help!
Volunteers are being sought to join the effort to make the streets sparkle in Ringleas, Rivermead and Lawrence Close in the town during local schools’ half-term on Thursday October 24 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Partners from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Neighbourhoods team, VIA East Midlands, Streetwise, Cotgrave Town Council and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing will also be replacing street fittings and furniture as part of the works.
Whether you can volunteer an hour, or all morning, the partners would love to hear from anyone willing to help litter pick, sweep up, de-weed, re-plant and ensure gardens, verges, street signs and bus stops are up to scratch.
All will receive a free one-session swimming pass from Lex Leisure at Cotgrave Leisure Centre as a thank you for your efforts.
All equipment will be provided and you will be fully briefed to complete any job, including the necessary health and safety advice.
A community event will also take place at the Leisure Centre from 10am to 12.30pm on the same day when Cotgrave Town Council and the Borough Council’s Community Safety and Recycling2Go teams will be on hand to give great tips and advice and answer your questions.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “This is the first project of some dedicated work in pockets of our communities that we feel will make a big difference to the local street scene.
“Across the Borough we want to make certain areas even better and in this case we will Love Cotgrave with this dedicated day to spruce up parts of the town.
“If you’re available on the morning of October 24 during half-term come along and help the effort or visit our community event at the leisure centre if you have questions on community safety or local services.”
The Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance and Contracts Cllr Gordon Moore said: “We’re delighted Streetwise are supporting this great project. Improving the look and feel of our communities is a key part to Rushcliffe being a great place and action days such as this are the ideal way to bring partners and our communities together for the benefit of all.”
Cotgrave Town Council’s Chairman Cllr Steve Gardner and Clerk Julie Stephenson are pleased the project has come to fruition.Cllr Gardner said: “Cotgrave Town Council and residents would like to say thank you for having the opportunity to work in partnership in this way.
“With Rushcliffe Borough Council, Metropolitan Thames Valley, VIA East Midlands and Streetwise, it will provide Cotgrave with this brilliant opportunity for the additional cleansing and replacement street furniture in several areas.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee said: “We are delighted to support this event to celebrate the community in Cotgrave.
“Bringing people together and taking pride in the environment and shared surroundings is at the heart of what makes a community and we hope that this event will encourage residents to show their love for the town.”
Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing’s Housing Manager Nichola Raffell added: “Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing is delighted to be part of the Love Cotgrave Project. We have a strong partnership with RBC so working in together to serve the local community is a shared priority for all.”
Localised dog fouling issues will also be addressed with the Borough Council’s Dog Warden at the community event and the launch of a new warning sign campaign, alerting dog owners to pick up after their pooch.