Last chance to clean-up

Published Monday, 16 November 2015

Friends, neighbours, businesses, groups and other volunteers are invited to join the final Big Bromley Brush Up clean-up events of the year, at the end of November.

The events are a chance for like-minded people to team up and tidy their local area making it an even cleaner place to live, work and visit. The forthcoming events will be held in Mottingham on Thursday 26 November, and Chislehurst and Petts Wood on Sunday 29 November. The events form part of the Big Bromley Brush Up environmental events and projects campaign - a series of regular organised clean-ups held throughout the year. Anyone interested in joining an event and finding out more should visit

“The Big Bromley Brush Up initiative compliments the work of our Street Friends and street cleaning contractor. It is another excellent example of teamwork and shows just what can be achieved if we all pull together. Whether volunteering as individuals or part of a group or organisation, everybody who gets stuck in must be roundly applauded for their unstinting effort and steely determination to make genuine improvements in their neighbourhoods” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment. 

Joanne Cummins, Petts Wood and District Residents Association (PWDRA) Community Liaison Secretary said “Over the last couple of years we've now held many clean up days, it's been an enjoyable task for those involved but it's also been great for getting our community together. Our local pub puts on refreshments for us, the committee bakes cakes, the Cubs and scouts have got involved and we all get together after a clean-up for a chat about our common interest - having pride in where we live.”

During September’s Petts Wood clean-up event, around 30 volunteers including residents, schools and organisations smartened up five areas in and around the town including alleyways, forecourts and other areas not owned by the council. Gathering enough rubbish to fill 30 sacks, the waste mostly consisted of sweet wrappers, crisp packets, cigarette butts, cans and bottles. The event was arranged and supported by the council with Kier, the council’s street cleaning contractor, removing the rubbish collected and safely disposing it. 

Another series of clean-up events is planned throughout 2016 with the first event likely to be organised for spring. Residents and groups may organise their own clean-up events at any time, in any area of the borough, and are advised to contact the council for help and advice, and assistance with the arrangements. All the tools and equipment needed will be supplied by the council and the rubbish taken away after each event. 

Big Bromley Brush Up clean-up events are carried out in addition to the council’s regular street cleaning schedules. Streets are cleaned according to how well used and busy they are with main roads and town centres needing more regular cleaning than a quiet residential street. All pavements are swept at least every other week and roads once a month. 

Residents can find out the street cleaning frequency for their road, see when the next sweep is scheduled and report a particular problem at

To find out more about other volunteer groups like Street Friends, who help by reporting problems like graffiti and litter picking their street; Friends of Parks who care for a local park or green space; Tree Friends who monitor and care for street trees and Snow Friends who help clear snow and ice during winter, visit


Notes to editors:

Big Bromley Brush Up November events: Just turn up or find out more and pledge your support at

  • Mottingham 26 November: Meet at 11:00am Geffery’s Hall Community Centre
  • Chislehurst 29 November: Meet at 10:00am Red Cross Car Park, High Street
  • Petts Wood 29 November: Meet at 11:30am West Approach by the recycling banks next to Morrison’s.

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