The city council will join forces with the police, fire service and university during a community action day in Hanley Park and Shelton.

The latest Respect event will take place on Monday, May 20. The session is part of the ‘Pride in Our City’ campaign which aims to make Stoke-on-Trent an even greater place to live.

Skips will be available on Thornton Road, Spencer Road, Carlton Road, Boughey Road, Ashford Street, Conway Street, Darnley Street, Watford Street, Guildford Street, Crowther Street, Beresford Street and Seaford Street.

They will be available free of charge between 9am-2pm for residents to put their bulky household waste in.

Waste land will be cleared up and there will be litter picks. New litter bins will also be installed on some of the streets.

The city council’s environment team will be sweeping and cleaning the area, pruning trees and treating weeds.

The environmental crime team will also be out in force, tackling dog fouling and fly tipping.

Crime prevention advice and free equipment will be available on the police bus, parked on the College Road campus of Staffordshire University between 10am-4pm, and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out home fire safety checks.

Street pastors will visit the area as well as the Local Matters and Safer City Partnership teams. Volunteers from Staffordshire University will also be on hand to help out.

As part of the event, ‘Street Games’ sessions will take place in Hanley Park from 5pm-7pm every Friday, from May 24, for five weeks.

Hanley Park and Shelton Councillor Amjid Wazir said:

“The Respect event is a great way for residents to have a spring clean and throw out any large unwanted items. It’s also a good opportunity to access a whole range of key organisations, right on the doorstep, from the city council, police and fire service.

“Hanley Park and Shelton are popular areas with students so we are teaming up with Staffordshire University for this session which aims to make Stoke-on-Trent an even greater place to live.”

Penny Vincent, Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University’s Creative Communities Unit, said:

“We are proud to be working with the city council and other partners in tackling some of the issues affecting our area. This is a great opportunity to help keep our area tidy by getting rid of the bulky household waste in the skips provided. If anyone wants any assistance on the day, there will be representatives from the university who can help.”

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