Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Lisburn Road residents thankful for clean-up

Anna Lo (front right), chief executive of Business in the Community John Heslip (left), and the Halifax team

Residents in the Lisburn Road area have received a helping hand from local church and office volunteers to clean up the area.

A team from the Halifax bank's gasworks offices worked on clearing up overgrown grass and weeds at an alleyway at the rear of Northbrook Street last Friday (September 18) as part of the Business in the Community project.

Meanwhile, volunteers from Windsor Baptist Church on Malone Avenue also cleaned up entries and graffiti on walls in the Great Northern Street area earlier in the week.

Anna Lo MLA, who helped organise the Business in the Community project with the Halifax, said: “We've been trying for several months to get the alleyway cleaned up.

“Many living here are elderly residents and they have to walk through the alleyway to leave their bins out.

“The grass had grown really long and gets soggy and it makes it difficult for them to walk through.” she said.

Halifax worker Zoe McClean said: “It's good to give something back to the community.”

Local residents’ spokesman John Copeland said of the clean-up: “It makes a big difference for people living there. It was a godsend for the elderly living there.”

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