22nd June 2016
A group of over 30 employees from three local McDonald’s stores did a massive clean-up on the Chesterfield Canal on 21st June.
The stores that took part were the Chesterfield Town Centre McDonald’s, the Drive Thru McDonald’s on Derby Road and Markham Vale McDonald’s. Led by Jordan Ball, they split into three groups.
One group did a litter pick in areas near the canal. A second group pulled up lots of Himalayan Balsam. This is a pernicious weed, imported by the Victorians, that spreads really fast unless kept in check.
The third group painted an iron footbridge that crosses the River Rother. The paint was supplied by Dulux. This bridge had been in a pretty poor state. It was covered in graffiti, which was cleared off by Graffiti Away, a local company that wanted to join in with the McDonald’s group. They also cleared graffiti from some other structures along the canal. By the time the volunteers had finished their painting, the bridge was totally transformed, looking really smart.
Derbyshire County Council’s Countryside Rangers played their part by cutting back some undergrowth and removing the dozens of bags of litter and Himalayan Balsam that had been collected.
At the end, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Cllr Steve Brunt and Mrs Jill Manion-Brunt, joined the Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr John Burrows, at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre to thank the volunteers for their hard work.
Afterwards Jordan said “This has been a really worthwhile event. McDonald’s is committed to LWYL – Love Where You Live – and we hope to repeat the exercise next year.”
The volunteers with the civic dignitaries …… and the rubbish!
Some volunteers have their photo taken.
The bridge before the graffiti was removed.
Some of the volunteers painting the bridge.
The bridge nearly finished.
These photos are before and after Graffiti Away did the work.
Above is Mill Green Bridge.
All the walls below are on the river section of the canal below the old Arnold Laver’s site.