TWO community clean-ups in Huddersfield proved big successes.
Litter and weeds were blighting a village centre so a group of hardy Meltham residents decided to do something about it – they spent the morning cleaning them up.
And a group of young Christians helped clean up grot spots in Bradley, Crosland Moor and Rawthorpe.
In Meltham, Clr Terry Lyons was called by the florists in the centre of the village who asked if he could help.
Clr Lyons said: “They told me it was mounting up and obviously all of the shopkeepers want something done about it.
“We’ve got the Scarecrow Festival on Monday so we want the village looking its best.
“I haven’t been able to get in touch with Kirklees, but if we waited for them to do it it’d be next week.
“This needs sorting now and some proper action.”
Residents described the village centre as a bit of a mess, with litter from take-aways mounting up out of the bins provided.
The volunteers cleared the litter.
Clr Lyons added: “I managed to get half a dozen people to come along and get this sorted – it just needs people to get stuck in.
“We all have to take responsibility not to let the village look like this, but it’s up to us to sort it too.”
The Scarecrow Festival takes place throughout the village from around 10am.
Meanwhile, the young people’s clean-up has been hailed a great success by organisers.
The team of 22 young people aged 11 to 18 spent two days carrying out work to improve their neighbourhoods.
The scheme was run by Love Huddersfield, a project which encourages young Christians to help local communities.
The team worked on three projects in Rawthorpe, Bradley and Crosland Moor.
They improved the changing rooms at Bradley pavilion by giving the building a coat of paint.
They also cleared weeds and tidied paths at Rawthorpe recreation ground and picked litter from play areas in Crosland Moor.
The group of youngsters, who are all from local churches, also took part in worship and played games.
Guy Cooke, from Huddersfield Scripture Union Partnership, said: “It went really well, the young people worked hard and we are pleased with their efforts.
“They enjoyed themselves and it was good to see them working in different communities and engaging with people like the community rangers whose efforts we are really grateful for.”