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Publication date: Friday 9 December 2011
Over two tonnes of rubbish and debris was removed from Haringey’s Parkland Walk this week (Thursday 8 December) when part of the route got a deep clean by volunteers from the council’s environmental contractor, Veolia.
Parkland Walk follows the course of the old railway that ran between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. The four-and-a-half-mile corridor forms a green route through this part of the city with the feel of a country walk.
Twenty-five Veolia staff joined Councillor Nilgun Canver, David Warren (Friends of Parkland Walk) and local ward councillors for the deep clean of a stretch of the walk between Oxford Road and Stapleton Hall Road.
The exercise was part of the company’s corporate volunteering scheme and was the first volunteering exercise that Veolia has carried out in Haringey. Everything from old mattresses to shopping trolleys were removed adding up to 2160 kilos of rubbish in two recycling cage-trucks.
Councillor Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for environment at Haringey Council, said:
“The exercise was inspired by the Friends of Parkland Walk who raised some of the issues about litter and fly-tipping when they successfully applied for a £500 Making a Difference grant. It was at this time that Veolia stepped in and offered to help.
“Parkland Walk is a remarkable place. Two hundred species of wild flower have been recorded. Hedgehogs, foxes, butterflies and a vast array of birds are spotted regularly and the rare muntjac deer has also been seen. I would like to thank Veolia for deciding to launch its corporate volunteering scheme in this way in Haringey.”
Jean-Francois Moreau, Senior Contracts Manager for Veolia Environmental Services, said:
“As part of our ongoing commitment to caring for the environment in Haringey we had 25 members of our team and two cleansing vehicles involved in this event. Employees used their paid half-day of volunteering in the community allocated to all our 12,000 staff across the country, encouraging colleagues to help make a real difference to local communities.”
The London and North Eastern Railway ran the length of the path and stations can still be seen every so often. The railway between Finsbury Park and Highgate was constructed in 1867, with the short branch to Alexandra Palace added in 1873. The final passenger train ran in 1954, with goods trains using it until 1971.
Am I being a little cynical here, but does this press release not describe Haringey using tax payers' money to pay Veolia whose paid staff then clear up a park (for which Haringey is anyway responsible) of litter and flytipping debris (for which Haringey is anyway responsible) and they all give themselves big pats on the back. Seems to me the biggest pat on the back should go to the taxpayer.