Residents in Chatham are being asked to pull on their gloves and wellies and get involved in a neighbourhood tidy-up being held next week.

The big community clean-up is taking place in the Luton and All Saints areas of Chatham from Tuesday, 24 to Friday, 27 January and Medway Council is calling for residents to get involved and help spruce up their neighbourhood.

Organised by Medway Council and financed by EU funds under the Inspirer project, the clean up is targeting everything from general litter to clearing alleyways and unwanted bulky goods.

Officers from Medway Council’s waste services, community team and local Police Community Support Officers will be on hand throughout the exercise to meet with residents and help out.

Throughout the clean-up exercise, there will be seven collection points across the Luton and All Saints areas where skips and recycling bins will be in place to help residents dispose of any bulky items and rubbish.

The clean-ups will run from 10am to 4.30pm on each of the four days, although the skips and recycling points will be open in the evenings. If residents are unable to take bulkier items to the collection points they can contact the council who will try to arrange to pick them up.

And to keep the work up, following on from the clean-up next week, there will be monthly tidy-up days, as part of the European Inspirer project, which encourages residents to take pride in their community and local area.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, Cllr Jane Chitty, said: “We regularly run clean-up days around Medway and residents regularly tell us that these work and they’d like to see more, particularly in this area of Chatham.

“This exercise will be the biggest we’ve ever run and is an opportunity for residents to get together and spruce up their neighbourhood, with the added bonus that people do enjoy the experience. I’d encourage as many residents as possible to lend a helping hand – whether it’s clearing up or serving refreshments during the day – their help will be greatly appreciated.”