A resident concerned over the “state of the town” is launching a campaign to clean up Blackpool.
The Tidy Our Town project, organised in the resort by Louise Nickson, from Marton, aims to get support from groups and individuals across the town to pick up litter, revamp rundown areas and re-instate the town’s Blue Flag status – a water quality standard last awarded to the town in 2010.
This comes as Talbot Road, in the town centre, was called “a dump” and “a terrible advert for the town” by Coun Paul Galley, a Conservative councillor at Blackpool Council.
Mrs Nickson said: “I moved away from Blackpool to live in London and what struck me when I moved back was how people were a little resentful and winged about the state of the town but weren’t doing anything about it. The ambition is to clean Blackpool up.
“I’m talking to Tidy Britain to get their support and we are looking to collect 250 bags of litter and get sponsorship from businesses to do things including some painting.
“There are some amazing things happening on the sea front and it’s so much better than when I was growing up, but I don’t think the residents see that.”
Mrs Nickson plans to hold her first clean-up session on June 30 and aims for the project to run over a number of weeks. She added: “It’s important because Blackpool gets most of its recognition from tourism and if it wants to be an area for tourists, the Blue Flag would be a massive selling point.”
Coun Fred Jackson, Cabinet Member for Streets and Transport said: “Naturally we welcome the desire of local people to take pride in their town and show willing to keep it clean. Our own Streetscene team clean Talbot Road every day but we are happy to listen to new ideas from residents too.
“It’s great that people are taking such an interest in their local environment and we are happy to discuss with them the best way that their enthusiasm can be used to help the town’s appearance.”
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