Bournmoor Community Clear-up Makes Streets Sparkle
Residents of a County Durham village teamed up with a range of organisations, including local county and parish councils, to clean up their streets.
Community volunteers from Bournmoor joined forces with members of Durham County Council’s Find and Fix Team, Bournmoor Parish Council, Bournmoor Conservation Group, Karbon Homes and local elected members to take part in a team litter pick.
The group met outside the Lambourne Close Community Rooms before spending the day collecting litter and bulky items that had been discarded around the village.
The county council’s Find and Fix Team tackled specialist tasks, including using its new
street sweeper to cleanse smaller paths and alley ways that are difficult to clear with other
machines. It also removed encroaching vegetation from a number of pathways and
cleared its fair share of litter to aid the volunteers. The team returned to the area in the
following days to clear path edges and use a mini-excavator to clear roots that had begun
to spoil pavements in the area.
Karbon Homes provided a skip to dispose of the rubbish collected, which residents were
also encouraged to use to clear any unwanted household items that they hadn’t been able
to dispose of during the recent Covid restrictions.
By the end of the event the skip had been filled to the brim and the village’s streets and
open spaces were left clean and tidy.
Staff from Karbon Homes were also on hand during the day to answer residents’ housing
and environmental concerns or queries.
Cllr Mark Wilkes, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, said: “Whilst
it is disheartening that a minority of people think it’s acceptable to drop litter, it’s fantastic
to see how much pride these residents and partners have in their community and the
enthusiasm they put into looking after it.
“Durham is a beautiful county and by working together on projects like this, we can help to
keep our environments clean and green, for everyone to enjoy.”
Paul Moralee, community investments manager for Karbon Homes, said: “We were very pleased to work alongside our partners from Durham County Council, the parish council and local residents from Bournmoor on this clean up.
“Many residents can find it hard getting large items to their local recycling centre, so it can be really helpful for us to organise a skip in the street to help with keeping everything neat
The council’s Find and Fix teams address areas of the county that need more intensive works than its general maintenance teams can give.
Focusing on sites brought to its attention by community members or representatives, or by
its teams themselves, they tackle areas which have multiple issues and need more
Find out more about the Find and Fix Team or nominate an area for improvement at