KEEP HARDWICK TIDY – Hardwick Voluntary Litter Picking

On 5 March 2016 voluntary litter picking, organised by Hardwick W. I. resulted in approximately 40 people picking in excess of 60 bin bags of rubbish. Hardwick had previously been litter picked in March 2015 and a lot of rubbish had also been removed.
The result is numerous people feel the village would benefit from being litter picked more than once a year.

It was found the worst areas were on the through routes of St Neots Road, Cambridge Road and Main Street, especially if there are no houses at the side of the road. It was also very bad at the bus stops opposite the hairdressers, Millers Way and the end of the village near SignWorks, even though litter bins are provided near or at the bus stops.

On 22 March 2016, at the Hardwick Parish Council meeting, a proposal was put forward to have voluntary litter picking groups who would keep the through routes clear of litter. Hardwick Parish Council pay for a litter picker who deals with the playing field and children’s play areas and these areas would not be touched by the volunteers.

On 26 April 2016 at the Hardwick Parish Council meeting the Council agreed to arrange the litter picking equipment for volunteers to use.
The volunteers must wear the safety wear, which will be provided, at all times.
The Clerk to Hardwick Parish Council will be informed,in advance of the litter pick, of the names of all volunteers and age if under 16 years. If under 16 then they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and their name and address. The Clerk will also be informed of the dates and times the litter pick is to take place and also the roads to be covered.

Due to the nature of the activity the basic training for each volunteer is
provided in a risk assessment that each volunteer will need
to read, and sign before any litter picking takes place.

With this information and procedures in place the volunteers will be covered under Hardwick Parish Council’s insurance.

Hopefully volunteers will come forward so each area can be allocated volunteers.
For example if there are 6 areas of the village.
1. St Neots Road – Cambridge turn to Millers Way bus stop.
2. St Neots Road – Millers way bus stop to Bus stop opposite hairdressers.
3. St Neots Road – Bus stop opposite hairdressers to Cambridge road junction
4. St Neots Road – Cambridge road junction to Hardwick sign (near no 1 St Neots road)
5. Cambridge road
6. Main Street.

With volunteers allocated to each area, each area could be picked every 6 weeks or as necessary. The amount of rubbish will be assessed regularly.

Volunteers to email:
with details of name, address, age if under 16 and area prepared to litter pick. A risk assessment will then be emailed to you with further details.

If anyone feels that there is any other area in Hardwick village which has a lot of rubbish and needs adding to the list would you please send the information to:

Hardwick Speedwatch – Your Village Needs You

Are you happy for people to put our lives at risk by driving fast through the village?

Would you like to help us check the size of the problem?

Would you like be able to say you “did your bit” to make sure our kids are safer?

Then volunteer for Hardwick Speedwatch

Speedwatch is part of Cambridgeshire Road Safety campaign by Cambridgeshire Police. Hardwick supports the campaign and was one of the early adopters. We purchased the Speedwatch mobile speed indicator but due to a shortage of volunteers it has not been used for some time. We need a few people to give up a little of their time to keep the village safe. Maybe as little as a few hours every few months – the more volunteers we have trained, the less time for individual volunteers.

We can all spot the vehicles travelling faster than others. Speedwatch offers a no-confrontation option

  • Accurately check the speed through the village – display for all to see
  • Capture registration numbers of the offending vehicles – the police will educate the offenders
  • Help cut down those who are disrespecting the village safety

Training ( about an hour) is given by Cambridge Police, you don’t have to stop vehicles over the limits – just record and report.

If you agree Speedwatch is worth a few hours of your time now and again, why not register your interest with the Clerk to the Parish Council by emailing her on

Steve Rose