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Diary note – Big Spring Clean

203A clean-up operation will take place around the River Gaunless, in Bishop Auckland, to mark the start of this year’s Big Spring Clean.

The area is expected to be very muddy so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Please contact the press office to confirm your attendance and provide a contact number. If the event has to be cancelled due to high river levels on the day we will contact you to let you know.

Date: Wednesday 24 February

Time: 9.45am

Location: River Gaunless, Bishop Auckland. Please meet at the bottom of The Dell, DL14 7HJ (hard-standing area).

Details: The event will signify the launch of the Big Spring Clean 2016, which is run by Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and LitterFree Durham.

The Environment Agency will be clearing a large tree stuck on a weir, which could cause potential flooding, from the river behind King James Academy – an area where there is a large amount of rubbish which has been dumped. While on site, Environment Agency staff will be supporting partners to help clear up the river debris.

The Skill Mill, a not-for-profit social enterprise which provides employment opportunities for 16 to 18 year olds, will remove flytipping and debris from the river water and riverbanks in West Auckland, supported by the council.

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