‘Take pride in community’

Councillors Ian Coleman (left) and Mark Smith (right) organised a clean up around Talbot ward
Councillors Ian Coleman (left) and Mark Smith (right) organised a clean up around Talbot ward
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Councillors hope a clean up campaign will encourage residents to take more pride in their community.

Talbot ward councillors Ian Coleman and Mark Smith joined volunteers, council staff and members of the community payback team on a five-day anti-litter blitz.

We are trying to kickstart something so that we can keep the area cleaner for the future

The project, which was in addition to the usual street cleaning, saw back alleys tidied up, hedges cut and weeds pulled up.

Residents were also reminded about which days to leave their refuse out for collection by bin men in order to cut down the risk of rubbish being strewn about if it is left outside for too long.

Coun Smith said: “We are trying to kickstart something so that we can keep the area cleaner for the future.

“We want to work through all the problem areas of the ward and we hope by doing this, residents will then want to carry it on and take pride themselves in keeping the area tidy.

“The work done by the council and community payback team was well appreciated and while walking around I spoke to many residents who were pleased by it.

“The council team, which will monitor the area over the next weeks, also removed any abandoned rubbish and recycling bins that are not being used but had just been left in alleys.”

The initiative concentrated on an area of 16 streets surrounded by Mere Road, Woodland Grove, Whitegate Drive, West Park Drive.

It was partially funded by £500 from the Talbot councillors ward budget.

Last month the councillors took part in a walk round the ward with volunteers including Peter Elliott and Eddie Fewings to speak to residents about their priorities for cleaning up the neighbourhood.

Currently it costs Blackpool Council around £3m a year to tidy up discarded waste. Town hall chiefs have teamed up with Keep Britain Tidy with the aim of making Blackpool the cleanest seaside resort in the UK by 2020.

The five year plan will see residents and visitors urged not to drop litter, while businesses will be asked to reduce the impact of their packaging.

A tougher enforcement regime will also be considered.Community and business leaders have welcomed the initiative.