Activist Arron is cleaning up the streets in his community
A COMMUNITY activist who is passionate about keeping his area tidy is lending his weight to the Clean Up Derby campaign.
Arron Marsden keeps a close eye on the state of the streets in Alvaston and is helping to keep the area clean – one fly-tipping hotspot at a time.
He said the response he has had from other people in the area to his personal clean-up campaign has been "amazing" and more was now being done to keep the area tidy.
Mr Marsden, of Commerce Street, said: "I have been doing this for about six months, Every time I see a problem area, I photograph it and report it to the council.
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"I've arranged quite a few litter-picks in the area as well to tidy up.
"My neighbours have also joined me in my efforts. I'm hoping it will be a snowball effect and more people will get involved."
The 32-year-old, who stood in Sinfin for the Conservatives in last May's Derby City Council elections, said: "Rubbish attracts more rubbish. That's why it's so important to keep an area clean.
"I fully back the Derby Telegraph's Clean Up Derby campaign. I would suggest to people if they see a problem area they should report it.
"It's good to be proactive as well, so doing a litter-pick in your area is a good idea."
Meanwhile this month Derby City Council is offering to collect Alvaston residents' bulky items of waste completely for free.
Mr Marsden, who is on the Alvaston Neighbourhood board, said it was a "fantastic" scheme.
Residents will be able to take any large or bulky items along to local collection events where they will be removed by Streetpride.
Chairwoman of Alvaston Neighbourhood Board Councillor Linda Winter said: "This initiative by the neighbourhood forum will be a genuine help to local residents and make a real difference in keeping the area clean and tidy.
"I'm delighted that we have already a very positive response from the local community, with local police, some residents and housing associations all pledging to lend a hand to make a difference to the area in which they live.
"We hope that local people take full advantage of the scheme and make it a success."
Streetpride will have the capacity to remove about 32 tonnes a day. A refuse vehicle and flatbed truck will be provided at the locations and times listed above for residents to dispose of unwanted household items.
At the same time, Derby Homes staff will be working alongside the Streetpride litter-picking and clearing up streets.
The Clean Up Derby campaign – to encourage people to take more responsibility for their rubbish – was launched by the Derby Telegraph in November and has already highlighted several hot spots which have been cleaned up.
These include the car park of the William Caxton pub, in Sunny Hill, parts of Friar Gate and a disused Rolls-Royce car park in Nightingale Road.
The campaign has received support from the Mayor of Derby, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Bishop of Derby and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce. There is also cross-party support for the campaign at the city council.