The young members of the Inter Estate Partnership Summer school joined forces with TIDY Northern Ireland, Translink and TESCO Antrim to tackle the litter in and around the Parkhall and Steeple Estates.
The clean up was opened by the Mayor of Antrim, Coucillor Roderick Swann and Councillor Adrian Cochrane-Watson who encouraged the group to clean up their estates and to continue to use public bins or to take their rubbish home.
The troop of 37 young volunteers armed with litter pickers and bin bags walked through the estates cleaning up along the route towards Antrim Rail Station, where Keith from Translink’s Infrastructure Department met the volunteers to give a talk on the importance of personal safety at level crossings.
Keith said: “By working together, we can prevent potentially dangerous incidents of trespass, vandalism and dangerous behaviour on trains, near railway tracks or on station platforms.
“Because what might seem to be a bit of harmless fun or simple carelessness can quickly turn into a very dangerous situation.”
The interested young volunteers listened as he reinforced the message that, “even if you see litter at the level crossing NEVER stop to pick it up, the cleaning of level crossings is the responsibility of Translink only”.
The group collected over 20 full bags of rubbish filled with plastic bottles, crisp packets and takeaway containers as well as some interesting items such as broken umbrellas and two broken foldable seats.
Gareth Ruddock and Graham Mellon from Tesco Antrim rewarded the efforts of the group with some refreshments for all their hard work.
Nicola Murray, Project Support Officer for TIDY Northern Ireland, said: “Thank you to Raymond Taylor from the Inter Estate Partnership for joining forces with TIDY Northern Ireland for the very successful clean up. Parkhall and Steeple are wonderful estates with great community spirit,
“It’s just unfortunate that irresponsible litter louts continue to drop litter with no PRIDE in where they come from, we can continue to work together and combat this for the future.”