Most readers will be aware that an ongoing problem for this group has been funding as, if residents and visitors to B sector don't donate cash, B Clean runs out of money, cash needed to fund much of the work required. This September gave an example of the differing attitudes to donating with one session bringing in just 14.64 euros. That isn't going to go far considering how much is expected of the group, all volunteers who give their time and effort freely. On the other hand, Pam, a very generous lady from the sector, gave B Clean a donation of 50 euros. Thank you very much. It's really appreciated. Pam also donated her time and effort at the recycling area on the dual carriageway helping out the usual working group although as Colin, the organiser, commented "Is 3 people enough for a group?".
The volunteers started the season by clearing the area around the green garden skips on the lower B car park. The area has been strimmed and time was spent cramming as much of the overflowing green waste back into the skips as possible. Colin went on to say "Before anyone else writes to me on the subject, we have requested that the skips be emptied more frequently and were told that this was not possible. By this I assume that the Town Hall does not want to spend any more money". It will help considerably if people ensure that they use all of the container space, not just the bits nearest the tarmac and not leaving waste in plastic sacks which trap air and take up additional volume.
The recycling area on the dual carriageway central roundabout was a total mess and it is amazing the amount of rubbish which somehow fails to fall into the large openings and ends up on the ground. Cleaning up other folk's rubbish isn't the group's main purpose and so they got back to gardening by pruning the False Pepper trees along the rambla road before they grew over the road. Work was also carried out at the Yucca plantation at the bottom of Avda de las Covachos. Fortunately, seeing volunteers doing work for the community seems to have sparked an increase in donations with one collection amounting to just under 115 euros so, with Colin Thackwell's earlier efforts, the group can now consider new projects although, as usual, this will be subject to there being enough volunteers to undertake the work. Sadly, the current turn out is barely sufficient to cover basic maintenance needs. Plans have been made to position the large boulders on the Consum roundabout which were donated earlier this year. We intend to have our AGM in November when numerous matters will be discussed and it will be good if the meeting can hear that new volunteers have come forward . A report that donations continue to achieve a level that allows the group to develop new projects to improve the sector will also be very welcome.