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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

and tidy.”

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


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