Volunteers team up to clean underpass

TIDY UP TIME: Volunteers prepare to start the clean up.
TIDY UP TIME: Volunteers prepare to start the clean up.

A walkway in Sudbury – often strewn with plastic bags and rubbish – is once again looking back to its best after volunteers gave it a tidy.

A 22-strong team, consisting of community groups, rolled up their sleeves to tackle the litter and graffiti inside an underpass which runs beneath the town’s bypass and links Tesco supermarket with a number of housing estates.

The all-day clean earlier this month was organised by the Rotary Club of Sudbury, and was supported by the town’s firefighters and community wardens.

Staff from Tesco and the mayor and mayoress of Sudbury, Adrian and Jan Osborne, also lent a hand.

John Gardner, president of the rotary club, said the group’s hard work had paid dividends.

“Like many underpasses, this one does tend to become a little untidy due to people leaving litter, leaves blowing in and some problems with graffiti, so every now and then the community comes together to give it a bit of a clean-up,” he said.

“I would just like to thank all those who took part and have helped to make the underpass and surrounding area a pleasant walkway once again.”

The underpass has been the subject of annual clean-up projects in recent years in a bid to prevent the amount of rubbish getting out of control and to ensure it is used.

It is hoped the work of volunteers, who weeded, swept and washed the area, will encourage greater care.