Cleaning up Sunderland’s riverside

Working together.... The Community Clean-Up gets underway at St Peter's in Sunderland, with the Council, University, local residents and community payback coming together to clean up the overgrown and litter strewn area as part of the Love Where You Live campaign.'Ward Cllr Bonallie and local resident Sue Kerton are pictured at front.
Working together.... The Community Clean-Up gets underway at St Peter's in Sunderland, with the Council, University, local residents and community payback coming together to clean up the overgrown and litter strewn area as part of the Love Where You Live campaign.'Ward Cllr Bonallie and local resident Sue Kerton are pictured at front.
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RESIDENTS were joined by councillors and students in a bid to spruce up Sunderland’s riverside sculpture trail.

Sunderland Young Offending Service was also on hand at the clean-up, organised as part of the council’s three-year Love Where You Live campaign.

St Peter’s ward councillor Barry Curran said: “The sculpture trail has got very overgrown over the years, and it’s something that local residents have been very keen to see improved.

“Last time round, we concentrated on pruning some of the overgrown shrubbery to improve sightlines and open up views of the river.

“This time, we’ve got the Youth Offending Service painting the fencing, and the rest of us are going to be tidying up the plantation and litter picking, as well as tidying up the fantastic Red House half way along the trail.

“Our long-term aim is to clean up the whole sculpture trail from Wearmouth Bridge to the Marina.”

Cabinet member for city services Coun James Blackburn added: “Love Where You Live is all about local people talking a pride in their community and helping to look after it, so it’s great to see so many people getting involved.

“This is a fantastic example of everyone working together to make a real difference to the area where they live.”