Rallying call for locals to help River Freshney clean-up in Grimsby
VOLUNTEERS cleaning up Grimsby's waterways believe that the community needs to do more.
A group of people banded together to pick litter and strim the banks of the River Freshney on Monday and Tuesday.
This is the first of two outings to tidy up the river bank this month.
Volunteer Paul Hutton, of Duncombe Gardens, Grimsby, said: "The river and the banks need to be maintained all the time, not just once a year.
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"I think the people living in the area need to do more, it shouldn't be just one or two people all the time.
"It is OK to moan about the state of it but those who do are not helping.
"I am happy to help out on the banks because it is a good thing to do.
"It is a reward to see how nice the banks can be but they need to stay that way."
Among the volunteers was ward councillor Darren Billard, who said he would help the best he could when he was elected over a year ago.
He added: "We have volunteers from the area helping as well as members of Green Futures and the Environment Agency.
"We are all volunteers doing our best but we can't do everything although we would like to.
"We are thankful to everyone who is helping us."
Community action group Green Futures has also supported the project.
Development officer Pete Allen said: "I have volunteered in the community for the last 10 years.
"Green Futures has always been keen to work with groups that want to improve the community.
"The river does need to look better than it does and it really needs a dredge.
"We have been strimming the banks and picking out anything that is not biodegradable.
"I do think people in the area could do a little bit more and get involved.
"We will be out on the banks again for two days on September 17 to do some more tidying up."
If you would like to help clean up the River Freshney on Monday, September 17, call Green Futures on 01472 870 609 or e-mail email@example.com