Thursday, 19 March 2015

A litter pick as spring clean sweeps through Winstanley

An army of councillors and volunteers is set to sweep through Wigan Borough this weekend as part of a big community spring clean-up.

More than 50 ward councillors across Wigan Borough including your local Labour Team have organised litter picks for this weekend as part of the national Community Clear Up Day, which is supported by Keep Britain Tidy.

Winstanley Ward's Spring Clean will be held on Saturday, 21st March meeting at the car park at St Aidans Social Centre at 10am.

Spring Clean organiser for Winstanley, Cllr Marie Morgan said, "I urge residents if they want to get involved in tidying up their neighbourhood to come along and join us on Saturday. I hope people enjoy improving their area and playing their part in The Deal.”

As part of The Deal, Wigan Council is supporting every councillor in the borough with the tools to take part, providing skip access in each of the 25 wards - as well as litter pickers, gloves, high viz jackets and bin bags.

The litter picking equipment will be left with councillors so that litter picks can be organised in the future. So far more than 50 councillors have volunteered to organise litter picks this weekend – with some being organised for next month.

This means every ward in the borough will be having a Spring Clean either this weekend or later in the spring.

Councillors are set to keep residents up-to-date with their picks via social media using the hashtag #springclean.

Wigan’s proactive approach to cleaning up its neighbourhoods has been praised by Keep Britain Tidy, the national body based in Wigan and dedicated to eliminating litter and improving local neighbourhoods.

Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, said: “Litter has a huge impact on the quality of our streets and public spaces and we all have a responsibility to keep our communities tidy."

“Initiatives such as Clear Up Day encourages individuals and communities to come together to take pride in places that they live, work and play. As Keep Britain Tidy is based in Wigan, It is fantastic to see that the town and wider borough will be getting involved in the national spring clean.”