Veolia’s team in Haringey has just said a fond farewell to one of its most respected members of staff. Street Cleanser Tony Connelly, who was loved by everyone on the Ferry Lane Estate in Tottenham where he was based, has retired after over 12 years in the company.
Residents of the Ferry Lane Estate gathered to give Tony Connelly a heartfelt send-off. Tony, who lives on the Estate, had worked there for six years, having previously been deployed in various other street cleansing roles across the borough.
Presenting a cards and gift to Tony, Lorna Reith, the Chair of the Ferry Lane Action Group (FLAG), said: “On behalf of FLAG, the local Residents Associations and all the residents on the Estate, thank you Tony for all your hard work - you are the best street cleanser we have ever had! I know it has not always been easy but you have never once complained. You were very popular with estate residents because of the conscientious way you carried out your job, often going beyond your job description to ensure the estate was clean and tidy. You always had a positive outlook, no matter what the weather or the amount of work to do. You carried on all through lockdown. You will be missed by us all but we wish you a fantastic and very happy retirement.”
Colin Middleton who is Chair of the Gosport, Runcorn, Queensferry Residents Association, which represents residents in the Good Neighbour scheme within the Estate, also presented to Tony and echoed Lorna Reith’s sentiments.
A final presentation was made to Tony by Ana Austin, Veolia’s Street Cleansing Contract Manager, who said: “It is an absolute pleasure to see how appreciated you are by the residents. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with you - you are an absolute star! Thank you for all your service.” Staff integrated with community, deliver important services, not just work but people wie employ who embody our values
A humbled Tony said: “Thank you all very much. I have really enjoyed these last six years working on the Estate. I appreciate it so much. I am sure I will still see many of you around!”