‘Help us put pride back in the town’


A CALL has gone out for residents to help put the pride back into Fleetwood.

It follows a week of efforts to spruce up parts of the town with tidying, painting, planting and weeding, as part of the Pride in Fleetwood campaign.

Fleetwood Town Council and Wyre Borough Council joined forces to lead the campaign, which they have hailed a success.

Fleetwood Town Council member Terry Rogers said the scheme had been so successful that the Town Council aimed to extend the original week-and -a-half long effort to continue all summer.

But he said residents could play their part too. He told the Weekly News: “If people are proud of their town it will look better, and be better for everyone who lives here.

“But there are still a minority who spoil it by fly-tipping and littering, drinking in the street, allowing their dogs to foul and not giving a damn about the town generally.

“The councils cannot do it alone. That is our aim – to put pride back into the town.”

The scheme kicked off in conservation area Euston Park when offenders under the Community Payback scheme painted lamp posts, benches and gates, weeding and preparing beds for planting.

The area behind Chatsworth Avenue shops, a magnet for fly tippers has been cleared of all rubbish, as has the alleyway behind Manor Road. Fly tipping has also been removed from Springfield Terrace.

Weeding and litter picking has taken place in various places in Pharos ward along with painting of street furniture.

Bedding plants have been added to the Mount flower bed as a tribute to the Fleetwood 175 celebrations.

Coun Rogers added: “We want to thank Wyre Council for working with us. Now we are looking to do more work with the Community Payback teams and the Princes Trust over the summer.”

Leader of Wyre Council, Coun Peter Gibson, said: “The week of action has been a good start to improving Fleetwood’s street scene, but the work will be on-going under the Taking Pride banner.

“Our ultimate aim is to encourage the community to help us and play a part in keeping the town looking its best. Working closely with Fleetwood Town Council has been invaluable and we hope to replicate this joined-up approach in other areas.”