A community has come together for an estate’s largest street clean-up in years.

Around 100 residents of Shadsworth and 15 members of staff from Together Housing worked together and filled 12 skips from different parts of the estate, as well as a large 25-yard walk-in skip.

Shadsworth estate neighbourhood co-ordinator, Diane Turner said: “We took more than 20 loads for disposal, with teams needing to return the following day to ensure it was all removed.

“It’s very important to us to be able to work with residents to keep our estates at a high standard and it’s encouraging to see local residents feel the same way.

“They have been removing items from their homes, gardens and litter picking around the estate. Thank you to everyone who has come and volunteered their time.”

Prior to the pandemic the Together Housing Group Community Development team organised an annual clean-up day however, due to Covid-19 restrictions the dedicated team hadn’t been able to organise an estate wide clean-up day.

Over time this has meant that houses and gardens have been unable to move large items to bins, skips or recycling centres.

Councillor Tony Humphrys from the Blackburn South East ward also helped clean up the area.

He said: “The council welcomes all opportunities to help its constituents.

“The financial impact of Covid due to furlough, redundancies and increasing costs has been hard and one of the knock-on effects of this is that some residents have struggled with certain tasks such as the costly removal of large, bulky items from their homes.”

The Hub on Rothesay Road was the central location for volunteers and residents to meet up at the start of the day.

The Hub offers a range of programmes and activities.