Exmouth gardens tidied to mark Queen’s birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:20 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:20 15 April 2016

Volunteers from the Clean for the Queen event at Liverton Close.

Volunteers from the Clean for the Queen event at Liverton Close.

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Gardens of vulnerable and elderly district council tenants in Exmouth have been given a makeover as part of the Clean for the Queen campaign.

The properties in Liverton Close benefitted from a tidy up from East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) community development, estate management and StreetScene services, as well as volunteers from the Open Door Ice Project, Skinners Construction and Mark Vernon Ltd.

Clean for the Queen is a nationwide initiative being held to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Councillor Pauline Stott, chairman of EDDC’s housing review board, said: “I would like to thank volunteers and council staff, including the new handyman service for clearing a huge amount of rubbish from people’s gardens in Liverton Close, including cutting hedges that people couldn’t manage.

“The handyman service also went into action replacing some wooden fences.

“Liverton Close is now a credit to everyone who took part and is certainly looking very smart.”

Darren Hicks, a housing officer in the estate management team at EDDC, who planned and ran the event, said: “Liverton Close was chosen to benefit from this intensive clearance operation due to its high concentration of vulnerable tenants.

“It has a mixture of general purpose and supported accommodation, with both tenants and leaseholders.

“The objective was to improve the environment in which they live. As a result, a number of our elderly tenants had their gardens cleared of rubbish and cut back to a manageable level.

“It was a great team effort by everyone and all in a worthwhile cause. What better way to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday!”

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