Teams take to tidying up town

Barnstaple Tidy Up Our Town week comes to a close.

FLY-POSTING, graffiti and undergrowth became public enemies this week as teams of volunteers took part in the annual grot spot blitz for Tidy Up Our Town in Barnstaple.

People of all ages braved some very mixed weather to collect 220 bags of rubbish during the fifth instalment of the town council initiative organised by its environment committee.

Its chairman, Councillor Lesley Brown, said there had been a good response from the community and more groups had taken part this year. Of the litter collected, 120 bags had been of recyclable materials, she said.

“I believe that compares very well with previous years, so it is good we picked it up, but bad that we had to do it at all,” she added.

Groups that took part included the town schools, Barnstaple St John Ambulance, Pilton WI, local businesses and residents’ associations.

Following comments from the public, councillors scoured the High Street to remove fly posting from empty shop fronts, walls and lamp posts.

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The week concluded with the well attended Big Bash and Wellbeing Day at the Pannier market, with a Recycled Fashion show, hilarious environmental entertainment from Fanshen theatre group, plus a variety of activities and informative stalls.

The annual Eco Citizen Award was presented to Tanya Naylor from Frankmarsh for her tireless litter picking around the estate and encouragement of residents to recycle.

Town council mobile lengthsman Fred Grimwood was presented with the ‘Green British Award’ for his hard work and efforts to promote best practice.

Mrs Brown said the week was always a good opportunity to work with people and find out what their concerns were: “We would welcome any comments, good or bad, as to how we could improve it next year – contact the council on 01271 373311.”

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