Essex Rivers Hub

On Sunday, 01 May 2016, 8 people from or related to Halstead, including town councillor Eileen Penn, set out to continue clearing the waste from humans out of the River Colne. This was following on from the clean up on 12 March. The aim was to extend their reach with people actually going into the river to collect the embedded rubbish along with the bags stuck in overhanging trees. Neil Williams came in his waders which was very useful. He did the whole walk in the water. The group was equipped with a range of rakes, grappling hooks, litter pickers, a poop scoop and lots of bin bags with thanks to Halstead Auto Electrics and Essex Wildlife Trust. The journey started at Parsonage Street Bridge and moved slowly along the riverside walk in a downstream direction.  

In one and a half hours they collected a bicycle, a shopping trolley, a round bin, a traffic cone and 5 bags of rubbish which included plenty of bottles. At the end, over a welcome cuppa provided by Auto Electrics, the group decided that this was a worthwhile activity to help improve the town. They agreed that once a month along different sections of the river would be good. Discussion resulted in the first Sunday of the month, starting at 10.00 would be the way forward.

The next session will be Sunday 05 June. Those interested in joining in and helping should contact either Jane Giffould, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lisa Stenson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wednesday 18th May 2016

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