Big borough Spring Clean!

Big borough Spring Clean!

Spring clean

Eileen Longmoore (Aspull In Bloom), Paul Barton (Director of environmental services) and Tracey Williams (InBloom coordinator)

Stock up on bin liners because the borough’s Spring Clean is back for another year!

As part of The Deal, Wigan Council is working with community groups and volunteers to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages and open spaces. The town hall has backed the national Great British Spring Clean campaign, supported by Keep Britain Tidy, which is being held on the first weekend in March.

But the Wigan Borough is pulling out all the stops with a week-long Spring Clean from Friday 2nd March to Friday 9th March and the whole community is being urged to come together to make the borough a better place. Eileen Longmore has already signed up the nearby Appley Bridge In Bloom group.

She said: “We have taken part in the Spring Clean for five years and tend to split up to deal with a few areas nearby.

“We usually focus on a patch behind the houses on Mill Lane, a footpath through the Finch Mill Avenue estate, near the shops on Woodnook Road and the path down the side of Shevington Vale School.   “After we’ve finished, we join forces and tackle any other areas that need the most attention.

“Over time, we have collected a lot of litter and have made these areas much more pleasing. You’d be surprised at how addictive it can become! We all find it’s hard to stop doing our bit and the buzz of helping lasts until at least the next day!"

Community groups, councillors, businesses and schools are all being encouraged to sign up to the spring clean and help rid the borough of unsightly litter.

Action is also being taken in certain areas across the borough where we have received littering and dog fouling complaints.

And the council will be carrying out enforcement activities in a number of known litter “hotspot” areas to catch the culprits who are blighting the environment.

Paul Barton, director for environmental services at Wigan Council, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for communities across the borough to come together for a big spring clean. It’s about communities taking pride in their area and pitching in to make a difference.

“Through The Deal, the council is already working with residents to increase their responsibility for their neighbourhoods. We believe there are long-term health benefits, both physical and mental, through residents being more involved in their communities.

“We have fantastic volunteers who are leading the clean-ups and would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and give something back.”

To join a clean-up in your local area visit www.wigan.gov.uk/springclean for more details.

Posted on Wednesday 14th February 2018
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