Volunteers lead battle against litter

From left Melody, Daniel and Summer Maycock at the Jubilee Gardens litter pick organised by community group Cleanupblackpool
From left Melody, Daniel and Summer Maycock at the Jubilee Gardens litter pick organised by community group Cleanupblackpool
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The battle against litter bugs saw around 20 volunteers make a clean sweep of a Blackpool beauty spot.

Residents of all ages joined forces to pick up rubbish at Jubilee Gardens opposite Gynn Square.

The event was the latest to be organised by Cleanupblackpool which is urging members of the community to do their bit to keep the resort litter-free.

It follows on from the launch of a campaign by the council and Keep Britain Tidy to make Blackpool the cleanest seaside resort in the country by 2020.

Brian Coope, chairman of Cleanupblackpool, said: “We are going to be doing litter picks all over Blackpool including in individual streets.

“Some residents would like to tidy up their own streets and we are working with the council to be able to supply the tools.

“We are a community group and our vision is to empower people.

“Because of the cuts people are going to have to get more involved, and in the old days that’s what the community did.

“And it doesn’t do people any harm to interact. The litter pick in Jubilee Gardens was great fun and people found it quite therapeutic.”

Cleanupblackpool is also leading projects to clean up some of the town’s gated alleys and create safe play areas and communal gardens.

They have also undertaken a pilot project using ‘bag it and bin it’ stencils which are painted onto footpaths to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.

Another initiative is to go into junior schools to speak to pupils about what they would like to see done to make communities safer and cleaner.

Town hall chiefs have teamed up with Keep Britain Tidy to deliver a five year plan aimed at encouraging residents and visitors not to drop litter, and have set aside £24,500 to fund the campaign.

Currently it costs the council around £3m a year to tidy up discarded waste including drinks cans, fast-food packaging and sweet wrappers.

Anyone wanting to learn more about the work of CleanupBlackpool can email cleanupblackpool@gmail.com or call Brian on 07917004653.

People are also welcome to attend the group’s next meeting on Monday November 9 at 1pm at the Dunes Hotel, Lytham Road.