Young Mayor pledges to
rid the roads of rubbish
Hundreds of young people have
already pledged to keep the borough clean following the launch of
the Young Mayor, Abraham Male's campaign to tidy up
Abraham was fed up with young people getting the blame
for making the borough a mess, not only does litter make the area
untidy but it creates an impression of an area that is neglected,
so he made cleaning up their act one of his priorities.
He has asked all young people to pledge not to litter the borough.
With the pledges still in Newham's schools and colleges, hundreds
more are poised to sign up and offer their support for the
Youth councillors across schools and colleges will be speaking to
young people and asking them to sign the pledge or show their
support by tweeting '#keepnewhamclean' to
As part of Abraham's plan to rid the borough of the rubbish on our
roads, 15 youngsters took part in a clean up challenge on Prince
Regent Lane (On Wednesday 16 May).
The youths were joined by Cllr Ian Corbett, executive member for
environment and infrastructure and Cllr Neil Wilson, executive
member for equalities and social inclusion.
Dressed in high-visibility vests and armed with litter pickers,
the group cleared the road of chicken boxes, sweet wrappers and
drinks bottles. With the support of the council's cleansing, waste
and recycling team, they managed to collect a van load of
The route was chosen as it is a long road and one of the borough's
busiest pedestrian routes. It is home to Cumberland School and
Newham Sixth Form College, as well providing access to the nearby
Newham University Hospital.
Abraham said: "It's great to have the support of young people on a
campaign like this.
"Young people are perceived to be the main culprits of littering,
but it's not just specific to us. We all need to take a more
responsible role in keeping our borough clean.
"I'm counting on young people to get their friends and family to
put a stop to littering and help create a better borough for us