Big clean-up next month set to inspire civic pride in Ramsgate
THE town centre in Ramsgate will be spruced up next month in a show of civic pride.
The big spring clean was launched last weekend by the Ramsgate Society with support from Thanet South MP Laura Sandys.
Townsfolk are invited to "love where they live" and join a clean up on Sunday, May 27.
The event is inspired by Keep Britain Tidy's Love Where You Live campaign to encourage people to take pride in their local area by looking after their environment.
The Ramsgate Society's John Walker came up with the idea for a community clean-up after he moved to Ramsgate last year and was saddened by the amount of litter and rubbish scattered on the town's streets
Mr Walker said: "People often blame the council for the state of the streets but people forget it's people that drop litter.
"Ramsgate has so much heritage and architecture and it seems a shame that we cannot make it look its best for residents and visitors. As a coastal resort, visitors expect the place to look clean and tidy and it's important they leave Ramsgate with a good impression."
Council cleaners will not clean selected streets on the eve to demonstrate the extent of the problem that they deal with on a daily basis. Equipment will be provided to volunteers to get the town looking its best ahead of a busy summer schedule including celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Olympic Torch relay and Ramsgate Week.
The Ramsgate Society is appealing to schools, businesses and community groups to get involved in the street clean.
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