‘Incredible’ clean-up effort praised

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RESIDENTS have rolled up their sleeves and collected a mammoth 60 tonnes of rubbish from around their Sheffield neighbourhood in 13 separate litter picks.

The events have been organised around Wincobank by boxing trainer Brendan Ingle and his daughter, Bridget.

Their efforts have been congratulated by a senior councillor.

Bridget Ingle said: “Wincobank is a neighbourhood of just under 4,000 people and covers about 1.2 sq miles.

“We have had 13 clean-ups during which in excess of 60 tonnes of litter and fly tipping have been removed. A big ‘thank-you’ to everyone who has helped so far. The litter and fly tipping it is an ongoing issue in Wincobank which isn’t going to be solved easily, but at least there is 60-plus tonnes less than a year ago!”

“This figure does not take into account incidents of fly tipping reported separately through the council, the clean-ups the Highways Agency has carried out on their land adjoining the motorway – of which there have been about four over the last year – or National Grid land on Tyler Street.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member who was responsible for environment over the last year, said: “This work is an incredible effort by all those involved. It is a shame people resort to dumping rubbish in the first place but the work everyone has involved has put in has made a real difference.”