LOCAL businesses and volunteers joined staff from Horsham District Council in Storrington to undertake a street clean up in the village over the weekend.
The Council’s staff were out in Storrington village on Sunday (11 March 2012) to offer assistance to the Storrington Business Group and encourage volunteers to make a difference in their own village.
The turnout was high and volunteers helped to clean the block paving and street furniture as well as litter pick and sweep the pavements.
Horsham District Council supports local groups throughout the year doing work within their communities.
Chris Mason (Con, Chantry), whose consituency includes Storrington, said: “The sun shone on Storrington last Sunday as members of the local business community, supported by local residents of all ages, District and Parish Councillors set about giving the centre of Storrington a good spring clean.
“Around fifty volunteers, backed up by a specialist team from Horsham District Council who all gave up their Sunday to help, took to the streets armed with brooms, shovels and pressure washers.
“The ‘Clean up Storrington’ campaign is the brainchild of Richard Messenger, who is the proprietor of the Moon bar and restaurant in Storrington High Street.
“Richard is also Chairman of the Storrington Business Breakfast Club, which is made up of like minded local business people and others who want to ensure that the heart of Storrington has a thriving future.
“As its title suggests, the objective of the campaign is to clean up the fabric of Storrington, make it an even more attractive destination and encourage people from the surrounding villages and communities to come in and use the wide variety of shops and businesses that are in the village.
“It is also ideally located as a centre for those walking and cycling in the South Downs National Park.
“My fellow local District Councillors Ray Dawe, Jim Sanson and I want people to enjoy Storrington and everything it has to offer.
“Even with a large team of volunteers, it was impossible to get around everywhere in the one day and so it is intended that the spring clean will be on going and all parts of the centre of Storrington will come up shining.”