OVER the weekend, Stephen Metcalfe joined with groups of community volunteers to "Clean for the Queen". Events were organised in both Basildon and Stanford Le Hope with the aim of improving the look of our local environment.
The Basildon team collected 113 bags of rubbish and various other items from broken street signs and fire extinguishers to prams and car batteries which had been littered around the Pitsea area.
Joining Stephen in giving up their own valuable time were Paul Penrose, store manager for McDonalds in Pitsea and two of his staff, one of the managers of Tesco in Pitsea and local District Election candidates for Pitsea and Vange who will be standing in the elections in May.
Stephen Metcalfe commented: "I was very pleased to see such a large group of volunteers who were happy to go out on a cold day to do what we could to improve the look of the local area of South Basildon and East Thurrock. We collected a large amount of rubbish, much of which could so easily be avoided if people were more careful about disposing of things that they no longer want."
"As I am sure many people are well aware, it is not The Queen’s birthday until June so we should do our best to keep the area clean until then – and also in the future. We do not need to dump so much rubbish when there are proper places for it to be put. If we improve the look of the place in which we live then we will be proud of it and, in turn, that pride should encourage us all to keep it as nice as we can. I am sure that Her Majesty will be delighted with all our efforts!"