Give it up for your community

From Diamond Jubilee celebrations to litter picks and street parties, people have shown their pride in Fleetwood in many different ways over recent years.

From Diamond Jubilee celebrations to litter picks and street parties, people have shown their pride in Fleetwood in many different ways over recent years.

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It’s long been said that Fleetwood has a proud sense of community spirit.

Fleetwood folk are always quick to support their own people and to look after their neighbours.

From Diamond Jubilee celebrations to litter picks and street parties, people have shown their pride in Fleetwood in many different ways over recent years.

From Diamond Jubilee celebrations to litter picks and street parties, people have shown their pride in Fleetwood in many different ways over recent years.

But could that sense of pride spill onto the streets in an effort to try and spruce up the town?

A new plan called ‘Gimme Five’ could be the answer.

The initiative, which was due to be discussed by town council leaders on Tuesday night, aims to get people to volunteer a small amount of their spare time to help improve their immediate area.

It could be anything from brushing up outside the garden gate to picking up the tin can that’s been rattling along the pavement all week.

Fleetwood Town U9's and McDonalds (Fleetwood) staff litter picking as part of the Love Where You Live campaign.

Fleetwood Town U9's and McDonalds (Fleetwood) staff litter picking as part of the Love Where You Live campaign.

Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator and town councillor Ivor Bould, said people must change their mind sets.

He said: “We need this because the majority of residents in the town are not showing pride..

“I think the message has to be drilled home in schools, tell the children about the importance of binning litter and taking pride and hopefully they will motivate their parents.”

Gimme Five is being led by Wyre Council and its street scene portfolio holder Coun Pete Murphy.

He said: “I thought it would be good if people could do five minutes of work outside their house to do something good for their community.

“It’s about getting the community spirit back if you will.

“There are thousands of people in Wyre who volunteer already but this could make such a massive difference.

“It can be anything you want to do - if you’re walking along the road and see some litter, pick it up and put the rubbish in the bin.

“If you see someone dumping or fly-tipping, don’t just let it slide - take the trouble to phone the council and let us know.”

Fleetwood’s Civic Society chairman Margaret Daniels welcomed the move and said it was a positive step.

She said: “That’s what they used to do in the old days.

“It would be great to bring back that pride when people took time out to look after their own part of the town.

“It would bring in more visitors, but the council has to play its part too.”

Bob Boal, secretary of Fleetwood Community Development Partnership said it takes a few minutes to remove weeds growing between pavements and walls, or to swill the pavements of debris into the gutters.

He said: “I’ve noticed a lot of weeds this summer on the pavements.

“They used to go along spraying them with weed killer. But it takes minutes to pull them up, if everyone did it, the area would look so much better.

“It’s how people used to be, they took pride in their areas. There are a lot of people who still do - it’s how people meet their neighbours and talked to one another.

“I would welcome it, I hope people take it on board.”

Coun Alan Marsh, chairman of the town council, believes the campaign will encourage more people to think about the consequences of littering.

He said: “It’s asking people to give five minutes a month doing something for their immediate locality and make themselves a bit prouder of the town.

“I was litter picking on Saturday along the beach with quite a few other people.

“The problem we have is we have patches of beautiful weather and people just dump their litter on the beach.

“My wife walks our dog along the beach every day and we see this happening.

“These people should have more pride in our community and this just gives people that little bit of a spark to say - ‘let’s just make things a little better’.”

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