A right royal clean-up for Bognor Regis

NATIONAL Citizen Service members joined Bognor Regis residents in making the town clean for the Queen.

The 22 young people were among some 30 helpers who took part in the Bognor Regis In Bloom-run litter pick to celebrate the monarch’s 90th birthday.

The event last Saturday saw 15 big bin bags of rubbish collected from Bluebell Wood between Butlin’s and the High Street in an hour.

One of those from the service who took part was Luke Rudge, 17, from Barnham.

The aerospace engineering student said: “I wanted to try something new, meet new people and do something for the community.

“It’s a good feeling knowing we have helped the community to keep this area clean.”

A hub cap was among the rubbish found among the trees and shrubs along with dozens of drink bottles and cans.

In Bloom working party chairman Greg Burt said: “It’s good to see the young people here.

“We do a litter pick every year for In Bloom and the national Clean for the Queen is a good opportunity to raise awareness of the effect of litter.

“When you drive past here, you don’t realise the amount of rubbish in the undergrowth. It’s surprising how much there is when you get among it.

“It’s good for the town that this area is going be cleaner because it’s prominent in the town centre and is at an entrance to the town.”

n Bognor Regis town councillors want to meet West Sussex County Council to discuss taking on more work for their Town Force team.

The extra duties to help the area look smart would include clearing overhanging vegetation, some hedge trimming and clearing unsightly weeds. The county council is consulting about ending the work which costs £320,000 a year.

Cllr Adam Cunard said Town Force would be able to take on the additional tasks if the county helped with the cost.

Cllr Jim Brooks said overgrown weeds were the most common complaint he received.

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