Spade squad weed out neglected area

Coun Derek Robertson, Barry Vernon, Patrick McPartling and Tony Jones who carried out a clean up at Lytham Road Bridge
Coun Derek Robertson, Barry Vernon, Patrick McPartling and Tony Jones who carried out a clean up at Lytham Road Bridge
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A community has declared a war on weeds and cleaned up a neighbourhood eyesore.

Hoteliers and residents joined forces to tidy up the area around Lytham Road Bridge in South Shore after it started to become overgrown.

Now they hope to tackle more examples of neglect in the area including some back alleys.

Waterloo ward councillor Derek Robertson, South Shore PACT (police and community together) chairman Patrick McPartling, resident Tony Jones and hotelier Barry Vernon spent a day pulling out weeds.

Coun Robertson said: “It was looking a real mess so we decided to do something about it and clear the weeds up.

“I contacted the council first, and they said we could go ahead.

“It looks a lot better now and we intend to start on some of the back alleys in the ward next.

“We’ve had lots of compliments about the work that has been done so far.”

Mr McPartling added: “It’s the first thing people see when they come up from the car park and we wanted to make it look better.

“We did a fantastic job and there is still a bit of work to do.”

Coun Robertson is urging more people to join the initiative to tidy up the area.

He added: “It would be great if we could get more people on board.”

Anyone who wants to help can contact Coun Robertson or go along to the next PACT meeting which will be held on Tuesday at 6pm at Holy Trinity Church on Dean Street.