16 skips of rubbish cleared off the streets

CLEAN UP: A total of 16 skips were filled with rubbish after volunteers and community payback teams hit the streets of Fleetwood.
CLEAN UP: A total of 16 skips were filled with rubbish after volunteers and community payback teams hit the streets of Fleetwood.

COMMUNITY champions have helped clean up the streets of Fleetwood.

An array of helpers from children to community payback offenders were enlisted to remove unwanted items from street corners and alleyways in the Flakefleet area of the port.

By the end of the day, 16 skips were full to the brim with rubbish and four wagons had to be called in to take the items away.

Julie Trotter, team leader at Regenda Housing’s Neighbourhood Team, who organised the clean-up, was delighted with the day’s work and said all the hard graft had paid off.

She said: “The clean up days are always popular as it gives everyone a chance to have a good clear out and get rid of everything they don’t need any more, responsibly.

“The whole community comes together to help with the spring clean and they can see for themselves how much better their neighbourhood looks afterwards.

“All of the rubbish is removed free of charge, and it also helps to reduce the risk of fly tipping in the area.”

Street Scene officers from Wyre Council also joined the exercise and targeted streets such as Lindel Road, Heathfield Road, Broomfield Road, Lingfield Road and Greenfield Road.

Roger Berry, neighbourhood services portfolio holder at Wyre Council, said: “These are very important exercises for the local residents and it shows the community is working together.

“We try and help them to clear any unwanted rubbish and we ask questions about the local area and act on them if we can improve a service.

“We are doing this while we can and the summer time is a good opportunity for us to do these kinds of things.”

Community payback offenders from the area were also drafted in to help on the day by the Lancashire Probation Trust.

Practice manager Julie Barlow said it was the perfect way for offenders to pay for their crimes and the local community benefited at the same time.

She added: “Community Payback provides a very visible, rigorous and demanding punishment for offenders.

“Working with organisations such as Regenda Housing, the police and the Youth Offending Team, as well as members of the public, gives us a great opportunity to help clean up the community and improve the environment for everyone.”