Thanks to everyone who took part in #TheBigSweep in November and December.
It started with a notice pinned to a tree on Severn Grove ‘Shame on Cardiff Council for ignoring their road sweeping duties,’ and ended with 75 people cleaning the street one week later.
Cardiff residents in the leafy suburb of Pontcanna have been working with the council to make their streets safer. On November 21, 75 people, including residents, shops and Coop Pontcanna, took part in the first ‘The Big Sweep’. Co-organised by Fran O’Hara of @pontcannahub and labour councillor Caro Wild, Severn Grove, Conway, Llanfair and Turberville Road was swept, leaves bagged, and the bags then picked up by council trucks and cleaned the streets. The event was shared on twitter as #thebigsweep and now more streets have been inspired to sweep up too, a great example of the community working with the council…
- 21 November – Severn Grove and Llanfair Road
- 28 November – Plasturton Gardens, Place, Avenue & Pontcanna Street
- 5 December – All of Conway Road, Pitman and Talbot Street
How it happened…
Fran O’Hara saw a piece of paper pinned to a tree on Severn Grove saying ‘Shame on you Cardiff Council’ which she tweeted at @PontcannaHub, several people said they would be interested in cleaning the streets. She asked Caro, who met with the council the next day at 8.30am. They agreed to provide bags, trucks and street cleaners. Fran created a poster, tweeted it, put it in the Coop, @paul_seaman printed and put leaflets through 60 doors. After the first Big Sweep other streets contacted Caro Wild and Iona Gordon who co-ordinated more. The Coop Pontcanna team, New Conwy and Beverley supported the Big Sweep by supplying hot coffee and refreshments.
“These services have had cuts so we decided to do something about the streets, they had become dangerous for us to walk on, and even worse for the elderly’. It was great to see so many people come onto the street and clear up, making new friends and safer place to walk. So many people came up to us while we were sweeping, telling us stories of falling over, and not letting their kids use scooters because the pavements were so dangerous with the compacted leaves.”
Fran, Severn Grove resident, ‘The Big Sweep’ co-organiser
“It’s nice now that we don’t have to wear wellies to walk to our car! A great turnout and people are very happy to do it again”
Paul, Severn Grove resident
“How lovely it is to meet your neighbours, a nice morning to get together and clean the streets.”
James, Severn Grove resident
“A brilliant idea – I was out there with my broom.”
Flip Severn Grove resident
“We were very happy to help to clean up the streets and make it safer for everyone to walk”
Simon Allen-Ridge, Manager Coop Pontcanna
“Lots of local enthusiasm from Severn Grove for organising ’The Big Sweep’. Great to see so many residents working together to improve their community with the council supporting.”
Caro Wilde, Labour Councillor for Riverside