Seghill Clean Team was created in March 2021 and is run by three Seghill Residents who want to address the issues of rubbish, litter, fly-tipping and general maintenance in their community.
The group Facebook page started with only six members and has grown to an amazing one hundred and thirty-eight (so far) residents who want to make a difference in their village. In their first week alone the Team attracted sixty new members.
Various areas around the village have been targeted by the Clean Team. They managed to un-block the Seaton Burn in two places removing a slide, a bike and several officer chairs that had been thrown into the burn and they collected over forty bags of general rubbish on litter picks around the village and in the surrounding countryside.
The team have been joined by local businesses, landowners and sports teams in and around the village who have joined the group to support their efforts to tackle litter or fly-tipping problems.
In April they teamed up with the Backworth Clean Team to take part in the ‘Backworth Blitz’ to help clear litter and fly-tipping from the Backworth Lane (Lonnen) that has been building up for some time.
Two sessions have been held so far and this has made such a difference already. The teams have collected over two hundred bags of rubbish, various electrical items, several tyres, hubcaps along with over one hundred bags of dog waste. It’s intended to hold more sessions in the future. The team arranged with the Seaton Valley Neighbourhood Partnership Team to collect the bags of rubbish and other waste and arrange disposal.
The Seghill Clean Team has secured support from the local MP and the council to help with the maintenance of overgrown trees and blocked waste outlets. They have secured sponsorship to purchase Hi-Viz vests and litter picking sticks and have also received a donation from Seaton Valley Council of litter picking sticks and bin bags.
The group also received support from Northumbrian Water with regards to a wet wipe issue at the Seaton Burn.
Once Covid restrictions allow the group plan to hold a meeting with Seghill residents to identify areas that need to be cleaned then organise and plan events in those areas.
The organisers of the group said, ‘We have been blown away with the support we have received from the start of our journey. We have had so much positive feedback and comments from the residents of Seghill about the changes they have already seen and we cannot thank our members enough for taking part.’
Pictured above are some of the Seghill Clean Team volunteers with bags of the rubbish and other items collected along Backworth Lane. Pictured below are volunteers at work along Backworth Lane and some of the rubbish the team has cleared away from the Seaton Burn.