15th Annual Ashtead Spring Clean
Saturday March 28th 2020
If you would like to join a LITTER picking group the near you on March 28th please go to one of these venues at 09:50 for briefing, where there will be an ARA member or Local Ashtead Independent Councillor to meet you.
Ashtead Station car park
Outside the Football Club, near the pond
Outside The Greville School, Stonny Croft
The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue
Outside St Andrews School, Grange Road
The corner of Craddocks Avenue and A24
Ottways Lane, opposite Skinners Lane
or for the centre of Ashtead, meet outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall half an hour later at 10:20 NOTE this later time for this venue
For all litter picking activity wear boots or strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. Bags, Hi Viz vests, and litter pickers will be provided.
The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park. If you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you to the recycling area of the APMH car park.
The Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery, has once again generously offered to host a get-together in the back room of the pub, for anyone who has taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee will be served from 11.45 free of charge. Please join your ARA Committee members and Local Councillors there, after the work is done, and also meet other Ashtead residents who care about the Village.
Please put the date in your diary now. Saturday morning, March 28th
We have been organising an Annual Spring Clean for 15 years, which has been based on a litter pick. Now if you walk round Ashtead there is far less rubbish strewn around. A small army of local residents regularly pick up litter as they are out and about, and this helps enormously. We are aware that the verges of surrounding main roads are a disgrace, but outside our jurisdiction.
Although we will hold the litter pick as usual, we would like to change the emphasis of the Spring Clean. We all know that both Mole Valley DC and Surrey CC have no spare cash. The verges still get mown but the cuttings are often left on the pavement or gutter, composting down nicely to make a perfect medium for weeds.
A different version of the Spring Clean would be to work with your neighbours in your own road, to tidy the verges and gutters, clean the road sign and cut back any foliage obstructing the pavement. Please let us know if you are doing you own local spring clean.
There is other work to do all the year round.
Ashtead Independent Cllr Alan Reilly has a Squad of Alley Cleaners, all local residents, who cut back vegetation, and tidy the alleys. Contact him on 802489 to assist or report an overgrown alley.
ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator