High Wycombe students clean up
PUBLISHED: 12:54 25 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 20 February 2013
Superb effort to bring back sense of pride
Students at Buckinghamshire New University have put the finishing touches to a clear-up operation in a High Wycombe alleyway blighted by graffiti and rubbish.
A total of 20 first-year students studying BSc (Hons) Police Studies at the University in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, completed the job of clearing up the alleyway in Totteridge, High Wycombe.
Buckinghamshire County Councillor Julia Wassell said the graffiti on walls and fences on the quarter-mile stretch of alleyway from Terryfield Road to nearby Tadros Court, had become a blight on the area.
Cllr Wassell, who is also a senior social work lecturer at Bucks New University, enlisted the help of its Students' Union to coordinate an operation to give the alleyway a clear-up and a fresh lick of paint.
Students had already started the work earlier this year and returned this week to finish it off, working with Wycombe District Council's Woodlands Service, who supplied litterpick devices to pick up rubbish and disposed of 15 bags of waste.
Former High Wycombe Mayor, Councillor Chaudhary Ditta, went to see the work. He said: "I cannot believe how much has been accomplished by the students.
"The footpath is now once again a pleasant area to walk along, with lovely freshly painted fences. On behalf of residents and myself I say a big thank you to students at Bucks New University."
Resident Nigel Cresswell, of Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, joined in the clear-up operation. He said: "I really enjoyed working alongside students and now look forward to walking down the footpath with a sense of pride in the area."
Alice Dewsnap, Volunteering and Societies Coordinator at Bucks Students' Union, said: "It has been a really outstanding effort by the students. They were dedicated to the task of improving the area and did a great job, plus it was all achieved with really good teamwork and without any paint spilled on the footpath!"
In total, the students painted 52 fence panels, removing all graffiti, as well as painting a garden gate. They also collected 28 bags of litter and larger rubbish.