Group team up for a clean sweep in North Bersted

Children from Shearwater Drive with some of the rubbish collected
Children from Shearwater Drive with some of the rubbish collected

Neighbours in a North Bersted cul-de-sac joined forces to improve their neighbourhood.

The residents of Shearwater Drive took part in a day of action to pick up litter from communal areas and deposit large unwanted items in a skip.

The event was organised by social landlord Home Group, which owns 59 of the properties in the cul-de-sac.

Sarah Hine, Home Group’s customer service partner, said: “The community responded really well to the day, especially with the huge turnout of children present.

“The children worked with Arun District Council to pick up litter from the communal grassed area.

“We also hired a skip for customers who had large items to get rid of but find it difficult to take them to the local recycling facility.

“We also invited a local scrap merchant to come along and he managed to fill his van with unwanted bikes, beds and other bits of scrap metal.

“It’s very important to Home Group that we support our customers to make the most of where they live and help foster community spirit.”

The day saw Home Group’s repairs contractor, Mears, make two employees available for any small maintenance jobs which needed doing in the properties.

Home Group also arranged for St John Ambulance to be present to give advice on how to treat minor injuries, such as sprained wrists or head injuries.

“The people living in Shearwater Drive said they found the day really useful for getting rid of old items and that it also brought the community together,” added Sarah.

Shearwater Drive is among the properties which make Home Group one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and supported housing services and products with 120,000-plus people in 53,000 homes.