STEPHEN Metcalfe, local Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has announced his full support for the "Clean for the Queen" initiative and is helping to organise teams in Pitsea on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March.
The area to be targeted during the two days will be around the centre of Pitsea in an attempt to clean up the area in advance of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
Stephen said: "This is a great initiative and I am delighted to support it. I particularly want to thank Tesco Extra for their hospitality in hosting the starting point for the Clean Up at 10.00am on both days and Basildon Council who are supporting the initiative by providing equipment and will pick up any collected items and rubbish."
Stephen added: "During a survey I conducted in 2015, residents of Pitsea highlighted the appearance of the area as a particular concern, especially dumping and fly tipping. Therefore, this is our opportunity to do something about it as a community together."
Stephen is also keen to raise the issue of the state of the A13 in particular and it is hoped that the various authorities responsible along the route of the A13 will consider making a difference to the approaches to East Thurrock and South Basildon as a contribution to this initiative.
The weekend clean up will not be an end to it. Stephen is highlighting the need to keep our estates and living areas clean for all of us all the year round. Dumped shopping trolleys, rubbish being put out at the wrong times of the day or week, abandoned furniture all add to the general appearance of an area and we all have a responsibility for our own environment.
Stephen finished: "It’s not Councils which create rubbish, it is us – so let’s make 2016 the year that we all do our bit to Keep Britain Tidy."
Any residents wishing to join in would be very welcome indeed and should contact Ian Dwyer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01268 281514 for more information.