A packed programme of clean up activities will be taking place around the town from May 11-18.

The fire service was in action on Sunday to scrub benches at Capstone in Ilfracombe as part of the annual Spring Clean.The fire service was in action on Sunday to scrub benches at Capstone in Ilfracombe as part of the annual Spring Clean.

THE big Ilfracombe Spring Clean is back in full flow this week as the authorities, groups and volunteers do their bit to get the town ready for the season.

Projects include painting benches at Capstone, cleaning beaches, parks, alleyways and the harbour, as well as tackling the issues of sandbags, dog fouling, graffiti, fly tipping, bird’s mess and general litter.

There is still time for groups or volunteers to play their part and it is hoped people will come forward to see how they might help.

It is being co-ordinated by the One Ilfracombe Town Team, with police officers and PCSOs, fire officers, NDC street cleaning team, dog warden, town council staff and councillors all playing a part.

The big Ilfracombe Spring Clean kicks off this Sunday.The big Ilfracombe Spring Clean kicks off this Sunday.

A dog fouling patrol is being held on Wednesday (May 14), with police officers and PCSO given extra powers to issue £75 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling offences.

Thursday is ‘parks day’, with litter picks at Bicclescombe, the skate park and others. On Friday it will be the turn of the towns alleys and cut-throughs, then Saturday is ‘tidy up your street day’.

Yesterday (Sunday) a team of volunteer fire fighters cleaned up the benches along Capstone Walk in preparation for painting. Unfortunately due to parking issues the engine could not negotiate the emergency access to Capstone Walk and so fire fighters were unable to use power hoses, so it was buckets and brushes and elbow grease.

This Sunday they hope to use hose jets to wash grimy areas such as Market Arches.

Schoolchildren and members of the Fore Street Association have also agreed to join in with beach cleans and litter picks.

“We really want everyone to play their part - even if people cannot join one of the organised events, anyone can turn up at the Ilfracombe Centre to find out what needs to be done and to be given the equipment and briefing that they need,” said Cllr Anne Thomas, activity co-ordinator.

“Alternatively, it would be great if people just did something in their own neighbourhood to make a difference. In the years I have lived in Ilfracombe, I have seen a real improvement in the state of the town which is now very clean, but there is always more that can be done.

“We want to create a town where holiday makers notice how clean it is and that local residents can be proud of. We believe every one has a part to play to make that happen and this is a great opportunity for the community to work together to make a difference.”

Anyone wanting to highlight an area that needs cleaning, an issue that needs addressing would like to help can call Janet Kennedy on 01271 855338 or email Janet.Kennedy@northdevon.gov.uk