LITTER-PICKING volunteers across Solihull were joined by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street as part of a region-wide clean-up.
Residents and community groups took to Hockley Heath, Balsall Common, Jacey Park, Olton Library and Elmdon armed with litter-picking equipment, bags and T-shirts and helped clear the streets of rubbish.
The litter picks were part of the Mayor’s Street Clean Weekend which took place across the region on Saturday (September 14) and in total 500 bags were collected.
Mr Street said: “As someone who was raised in Solihull I was really looking forward to going home and joining the Street Clean volunteers there.
“We had a fantastic turn-out and it was great to see so many people willing to roll up their sleeves and give up their time to tidy up their communities.
“I decided to organise this weekend to encourage people to set up their own litter picks and co-ordinate the existing ones to create one big clean up, right across the region.
“The response has been amazing. I would like to thank all of the community groups and volunteers who took part and made it such a special weekend.
“Litter is one of those things that has a detrimental impact on the quality of life in an area.
“This weekend has shown that not only are people in the West Midlands proud of the communities in which they live, they are willing to get involved to make improve them.”