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The Pride of Essex Awards 2014

Pride of Essex Awards

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The Pride of Essex Awards recognises and rewards the achievements and the courage of adults and children who overcome adversity and who make a difference to the lives of others and to the community.

If you know a child or adult who has overcome adversity or just given their best for the community, or a group which has made an outstanding achievement, you can nominate them for an award by going to the Pride of Essex Awards website www.prideofessexawards.org.

There are four categories. Each category will have four highly commended as well as an award winner. All will receive acknowledgements and rewards.

The Directa Ultimate Award and the Susie Cornell Award recognise and reward adults and children who have overcome adversity. The Blue Strawberry Unsung Hero Award recognises and rewards exceptional care in the community.  The SL Caravans Community Champion Award recognises outstanding community achievement and fundraising.

The awards are now open to receive nominations which can be made either online or by post to  ‘P.O.E ‘ , c/o Directa UK Ltd, Cold Norton, Essex CM3 6UA.

For further information contact awards chairman Dave Dennison on  01621 828882 or email davidd@directa.co.uk

Love Essex – The first of its kind as an Essex-wide anti-litter campaign.

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES across the county are taking a unique approach to tackling litter, joining forces with three fast food giants to launch the first Pan-Essex ‘Clean Essex Campaign’.

All 14 Essex local authorities supported by Keep Britain Tidy, Essex County Council RP2 media and The Highways Agency will work alongside McDonalds, KFC and Dominos to raise awareness of litter and the risk of fines for those that offend.

The first time a campaign of this type has been run, the drive against litter will see the fast food chains promoting anti-litter messages backed up by local activities and enforcement through the local Essex authorities.

Cllr Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Place at Braintree District Council said: “Street cleansing alone costs taxpayers over £17 million a year in Essex, money which frankly could be better spent.

“Every council has their own campaigns, ways of reporting and levels of enforcement, but now for the first time we will be joining forces to really tackle the issue head on and raise awareness across Essex.

“I am delighted that the businesses have agreed to support the campaign, as they have an important role to play and we hope this will lead to other businesses supporting the campaign in the future”

The campaign will see all McDonald’s, KFC and Dominos franchises across the county taking part and helping to raise awareness.

Cherry Lewis Taylor, Franchisee at McDonalds added: “’It’s vital that everyone takes responsibility for tackling litter.  From local businesses like mine to communities and the residents of Essex, we should all make a commitment to help protect our local environment and keep it clean.

“Through this campaign, supported by our restaurants’  ‘Love Where You Live’ clean up events and daily litter patrols, we want to generate awareness of the issues, promote education on how best to dispose of rubbish and encourage everyone to act responsibly and pull together. Through our partnership with local authorities and other businesses throughout Essex, I am excited that this type of initiative will really start to make a difference in changing people’s behaviours.’

The Clean Essex campaign has also gained national support with Keep Britain Tidy supporting the joint approach to litter awareness.

Phil Barton, Chief Executive, Keep Britain Tidy said: “The Clean Essex partnership, where local authorities, businesses and communities are working together to tackle the problem of litter, is setting a fantastic example.

“No single organisation, charity or business can solve the problem of litter in isolation and to see all 14 Essex authorities coming together, with support from Essex County Council, Fast Food restaurants and Keep Britain Tidy, to run a campaign across the county is exactly the approach we need to see at a regional and national level.

“The bill for cleaning up litter in England is now close to £1billion a year and this is a price that we can’t keep paying.

“Essex has realised that, by coming together, they can make a difference and we commend them for their leadership and focus.”

For more information about the campaign visit http://www.braintree.gov.uk.

 

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