Get involved in a royal clean up day

24 February 2016 in Environment and Events
Newham residents and community groups are being invited to get involved in special community clean up days being organised by Newham Council’s Community Neighbourhood Teams next month.
The events are being staged on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March and are designed to bring local communities together to help spring clean a local area of rubbish carelessly dropped by others.

The clean up days have been organised as part of the national Clean for the Queen initiative to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. They also support the council’s New Deal for the borough through helping to make it cleaner and greener.

Volunteers are being urged to come along to one of nine special clean up events being organised by the Community Neighbourhood teams, set up by Newham Council to bring local people together at events and initiatives throughout the year.

The clean up days will be held at:
  • East Ham – meet outside East London Electronics, 20 Colvin Road, at 3.30pm on Friday 4 March with the clean up running for an hour. And also on Saturday 5 March meet at noon at the Bobby Moore Sports Pavilion, 118 Napier Road for a clean up running between noon and 3pm.
  • Green Street – meet at Shaftesbury Road car park at 10am on Saturday 5 March. The clean up will continue until 1pm
  • Canning Town and Custom House – meet at 10am at Custom House Library, Prince Regent Lane on Saturday 5 March. The litter picking will be held for an hour,  followed by an arts and crafts workshop using recycled materials to make musical instruments from noon to 3pm. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Manor Park – the clean up will be held on between 10am and 1pm on both Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March. Volunteers are asked to meet at Manor Park Library on both days. Lunch will be provided at the Trinity Centre following the events.
  • Forest Gate – meet at Maryland Point, by Maryland Station at 11am on Saturday 5 March. The clean up will run between 11am and 1pm with refreshments being provided afterwards at Nooks Café.
  • Plaistow – Meet at 12.45pm at New City Green (Jacobs House), New City Road on Saturday 5 March. The clean up will be held until 4pm. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Beckton and Royal Docks – meet at junction of Fishguard Way and Bargehouse Road, at 2pm on Saturday 5 March. The clean up, being run in partnership with waterway charity Thames21, will run until 4pm.

All the equipment people will need including litter picks and rubbish bags will be provided at each of the events. However people are urged to wear suitable clothes and bring their own gloves.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, said: “We are committed to keeping our borough as clean and green as possible and these events play an important role in helping achieve this aim. We are also happy to get involved with this initiative to help mark her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

“Days like these not only bring local people together, which is the whole ethos of Community Neighbourhoods, but also send a clear message to those who blight our borough by thoughtlessly throwing their litter on the ground.

“I hope many of our residents come together to volunteer for these clean ups, and join in the other events the teams run across the borough during the year.

”Anyone wanting more information about the special clean ups taking place in their area should contact the council’s Community Neighbourhood Team 020 3373 6829 or by email on

Clean for The Queen is a campaign led by Country Life and supported by Keep Britain Tidy and Garfield Weston Foundation.