Local people show pride in their town

Poulton le Fylde
Poulton le Fylde
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THE spotlight will fall on a market town this week as local groups take pride in its appearance.

Poulton will be the focus of attention from Wyre Council, Trading Standards, police, fire service, schools and community groups.

The five-day action plan – Taking Pride in Poulton – is aimed at tackling community safety and crime and grime issues.

It comes after a walkabout on Wednesday where a team of volunteers toured the town on the hunt for graffiti, litter, weeds and dangerous paving.

And from Monday, work will be ongoing throughout Breck, Hardhorn, Tithebarn and Highcross wards, including a clampdown on fly tipping, dog fouling and vehicle checks.

Local residents have also identified hot spots, plus places that simply need tidying up.

During the campaign, officers from the various agencies involved will be educating people and taking enforcement action where appropriate. Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, said: “Taking Pride in Poulton is the latest event of this kind in Wyre following success in Cleveleys during the summer.

“Bringing the campaign to Poulton will allow the communities there to tell us what improvements they would like to see in their neighbourhoods and for the relevant agencies to work together to achieve them.”

Reassurance roadshows will be held with officers from various agencies on hand to talk to people about their concerns – on Thursday in Market Square and in the Teanlowe Centre car park on Friday from 11am to 2pm.

At the event, Wyre council will be giving away free padlocks, bicycle marking kits and purse and bag dipping prevention packs.

The council’s Bulky Matters service will also be in operation during the week, picking up and recycling large, unwanted items directly from homes.

To book a collection contact Wyre Council on (01253) 891000.