How clean is my valley now…

Volunteers who turned out to clean up the Ewden Valley
Volunteers who turned out to clean up the Ewden Valley

Volunteers gave up their time to clear the Ewden Valley of litter.

Dozens of local residents scoured miles of footpaths and lanes to remove rubbish dumped around the More Hall and Broomhead reservoirs.

Around 50 bags of rubbish were collected, plus tyres, discarded furniture and other waste. The operation kicked off a week-long Keep Our Valley Tidy campaign to tackle the scourge of flytipping and litter.

Dan Lyons, coordinating the campaign on behalf of Stocksbridge Town Council, said: “We’ve given a lot of the valley a pretty deep clean, extracting rubbish accumulated over many years. It’s quite disturbing that there are a few anti-social people out there happy to dump broken glass, plastic – even old TVs – when there are plenty of bins around and a recycling/dump site just a few yards up the road!

“But the volunteers received lots of positive comments from members of the public, who really appreciated their efforts. On behalf of Stocksbridge and Bradfield councils, I’d like to thank everyone who gave up their precious time to help the community and our local environment. We hope that it will inspire everyone to take even greater pride in their surroundings.”

As part of the campaign, Sheffield City Council are co-ordinating with the police to conduct special stop and search operations to clamp down on rogue dumpers in the valley. Also supporting the campaign are Yorkshire Water, the Peak Park Authority and Bolsterstone Community Group and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. Meanwhile, a special campaign leaflet with vital information for residents about tackling litter and flytipping is being distributed to over 8,000 households in Stocksbridge, Wharncliffe Side and Oughtibridge.