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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Wigton clean-up campaign crew called to action stations

An action team has been formed to clean up problem areas and encourage a feeling of community pride.

Joe Broomfield photo
Joe Broomfield

The group in Wigton will focus on improving the appearance of the town and curbing dog fouling, fly tipping, fly posting and criminal damage.

And one of their top priority areas will be the front of a pub.

Members of the group include the town centre area manager Joe Broomfield, environmental services officers from Allerdale council and representatives from housing associations.

Wigton town council and the Pride in Wigton group are also involved.

Pride in Wigton member Mark Clowes said the group was looking for areas to focus on with a view to making Wigton a more attractive place. He said: “We see the advantage in something like that.

“The group did have some success with the Factory Shop and were able to negotiate improvements.

“We are making small progress and we will just continue with that.”

Members of the public are invited to make the group aware of any issues or ideas that they would like to raise.

Mr Clowes said that Pride in Wigton’s main focus was improving the front of The Kings Arms.

There are also plans to plant trees and remove rubbish from areas of the town.

“I don’t think there’s any blackspots”, he said.

“There’s just a few areas around the town and if we can bring pressure to bear we will.

“Things are looking up a little and it is good to see.”

Last year a Wigton mum wanted action to clean up the town’s streets after one of her children picked up some dog muck.

The Facebook campaign she began attracted 154 supporters.

Mr Broomfield oversaw a Cockermouth action group which yielded success in west Cumbria.

The plastic seats on Market Place are regularly cleaned, a dead tree on Windmill Lane has been removed and Cockton’s Yard has been tidied up.

Mr Broomfield said: “The main idea behind the group is to help co-ordinate the work of those involved with streetscene in Wigton.

“Different organisations have different roles and responsibilities so an issue log and the quarterly meetings of the group will enable better communication between those involved and help ensure that nothing is getting overlooked.”

Anyone who wants to make the group aware of an idea or who would like to raise any issue can email street.scene@allerdale.gov.uk or call Allerdale council’s Street Scene Team on 01900 702800.

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