Youngsters are ‘poster girls’ for keeping estate tidy

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A COMMUNITY-minded group of youngsters have become ‘poster girls’ for a campaign to keep the George Street area of Hucknall clean and tidy.

For they have been chosen as winners in a competition to design notices which urge residents and visitors not to drop litter and to clean up after their dogs.

The challenge was run by the George Street Tenants and Residents Association, in conjunction with Ashfield Homes.

In a complete coincidence, three of the winners — Britney, Chelsea and Courtney Ogelsby, of George Street — are sisters. The other winner is Lauren Raynor, who also lives on George Street.

Each was presented with a football and a gift voucher at the annual general meeting of the tenants and residents association.

The poster competition is the latest way in which the tenants organisation has tried to encourage local youngsters to take pride in the George Street area.

Earlier this year, the Dispatch reported on a litter pick involving local children. A series of these have continued to run.

Children have also taken part in a bulb-planting scheme that will flood the estate with colour in the spring.

And young volunteers have been involved in monitoring two large decorative planters and protecting them from vandalism.

Cath Garrett, secretary of the tenants and residents association, said: “I am very proud of all the children who have come on board and linked up with us to improve the area.

“Getting them involved is key. They are becoming community-minded. There is a lot of work to be done but we are determined.”

The girls’ messages on their posters included a list of positive and negative behaviours seen on the estate.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, has close ties with the George Street area.

He said: “It was a very good competition and an ideal way of getting children to take pride in where they live.

“They are promoting a key message and everyone should sit up and take notice.”

OUR PHOTO shows Cath and association chairman Fred Bramley with two of the poster winners, Britney Ogelsby (left) and sister Courtney (right), plus another youngster who took part, Shayna MacKintosh — DISPIC NHUD11-2725-1.