Clean up operation sees 20 bags of plastic and debris collected from embankment near South Shields Ferry Landing

A new community group dedicated to improving the riverside area of South Tyneside has held its first successful event.

Sunday, 9th August 2020, 7:00 am
The Riverside Project Group holds its first river embankment clean up.

The Riverside Project Group, set up by residents in January to preserve and protect the riverside area, kick-started its activity with a clean-up of the embankment near South Shields Ferry Landing.

They managed to clear 20 bags of plastic and debris while elsewhere, group members collected more than 20 food parcels for donation to the KEY2Life food bank.

Cllr Nancy Maxwell, lead member for the voluntary sector, partnerships and co-operatives at South Tyneside Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see people coming together to make such a positive impact in the local community.

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The Riverside Project Group holds its first river embankment clean up.

"As a co-operative council, we are committed to working with, and empowering our, communities to deliver transformational change.”

Paul Mossa, local resident and Chair of the Riverside Project Group, said: “We are just a group of local people who are passionate about helping to look after and protect the riverside area and doing what we can to support our community.

“We set up the group with just a couple of members earlier this year and had decided to start off with a clean-up in the spring as the embankment was full of plastics, litter and debris, which could easily end up in the river and the sea. But then Covid stopped everything.

“Over that time though, we’ve gained more members and then saw more than 50 people turn out for our first event, which was absolutely fantastic.

"We’ve also had such a brilliant response from local organisations and businesses and can’t thank them enough for their support.”

The riverside clean-up event involved local councillors, Nexus Ferry crew and other volunteers from across the wider community.

South Tyneside Council provided PPE and the event was supported by the Port of Tyne Harbour Master which helped to ensure boats and speeding crafts kept their distance.

Going forward, the Riverside Project Group is looking to organise more clean-up events as well as other ways to support the local community and fundraise for its chosen charity Mental Health Concern – Moving forward South Tyneside.

For more about Riverside Project Group visit www.facebook.com/RiversideProjectGroup/

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