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Mears and Medway Council join forces to win battle against litter in Gillingham

Mears and Medway Council join forces to win battle against litter in Gillingham

Community cleans up local housing estates in Mears' Big Tidy Up campaign.Residents armed with bin bags will take to the streets of Gillingham on 18th and 19th July as part of a 'Big Tidy Up' campaign launched by leading social housing maintenance and repairs specialist Mears Group and their client Medway Council Housing Services.Part of the Keep Britain Tidy national campaign, the Big Tidy Up will see Mears' and Medway Council Housing Services staff team up with the residents from MeRGe (Medway Residents Group) who put the idea to the council, to do battle with litter in Beatty Avenue and Greenview Walk.The following day, 19th July, is earmarked for a BBQ, hosted by the council and will provide an opportunity for residents to get to know their neighbours and enjoy some food and entertainment together. Portfolio Holder for Community Safety Cllr Rehman Chishti said: "Medway residents are understandably keen to maintain its clean streets and green spaces. Community clean-up days are a great way for members of the community to come together to improve the area they live and work in."Mears is pursuing community projects around the UK to help the environment, improve the lives of the people in the area, and to forge lasting relationships within the community. Initiatives such as Big Tidy Up help to discourage people from committing acts of vandalism or property damage, alleviating the pressure on local authorities and helping to create a friendlier and more cohesive community atmosphere."It is great to see Mears and local residents working together with true teamwork" said David Greensmith, the Regional Director for Mears. "We will continue to organise and support these initiatives because they always have such a positive and tangible effect on the community."The Big Tidy-Up coincides with the launch of a crackdown by Medway Council on breaches of tenancy conditions such as untidy gardens filled with rubbish, which according to the council who will be taking action against those who flaunt their tenancy agreement.