Spring clean-up leaves Merville looking tidy

Job well done: Some of the Merville residents who took part in the latest clean-up operation.
Job well done: Some of the Merville residents who took part in the latest clean-up operation.
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Drinks containers, takeaway packaging and a child’s scooter were just some of the items found during a recent clean-up of Merville Garden Village.

Fifteen residents, armed with litter pickers and a stack of bin liners took part in the clean-up - the second in the estate in the past month.

More than 20 bags of rubbish were collected in just two hours from areas used as drinking dens and around the edge of the estate where hedgerows and trees catch a lot of litter blown from the roads.

Resident Michael Dunn said a lot of the rubbish originated from shoppers using the nearby retail businesses in the Longwood Road area.

He said: “The state of the bus stop opposite the shopping centre has a negative impact on how the area looks.

“If people see an area with lots of litter present, they are less likely to dispose of litter properly.”

Merville Garden Village was designated a conservation Area in 1995, the first one in Newtownabbey.

It has also been designated an area of special architectural and historic interest by the Department of Environment in order to preserve and enhance the area’s character.

Patricia Magee from TIDY Northern Ireland added: “Merville Garden Village has a character of its own, with its beautiful grassy lawns and cherry trees.

“I can see why the residents care about keeping their estate clean and tidy.

“It’s just unfortunate that irresponsible litter louts don’t appreciate what they have on their doorstep and continue to drop rubbish.”