A fund to help community and volunteer groups set up initiatives to clean up their town centres and high streets could be set up by Basildon Council.

Members of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee will make a decision on the creation of the fund at a meeting on Wednesday 3 July.

The community fund of £32,339 could give groups the opportunity to bid with ideas of how activities can support the work the council is already doing to clean up high streets and town centres.

Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee Cllr David Harrison said: "Our town centres and high streets are the hubs of our towns and it is of utmost importance that they are kept clean and tidy.

"This fund could help give people the power to go the extra mile and apply for funding to assist the council in our efforts. We already work with a number of active community groups who show real pride in their neighbourhoods and if you have an idea to clean up your high street or neighbourhood shopping area we would like to hear from you."

The community fund has come from £10million which has been made available by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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