Litter louts are urged to clean up their act

A CAMPAIGN to rid the streets of Ashington from rubbish has been kick-started by the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy.

The duchess was joined by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery and Ashington mayor John McCormack to launch the town’s Find a Bin and Hoy It In campaign.

Organisations including the town council, Ashington Community Development Trust, Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Service, schools, businesses and Northumberland County Council have joined forced to try to tackle the problem of litter in the town.

Coun McCormack said: “An early decision was taken to develop a local scheme, and a poster design competition was held in the schools in the town, with two winning entries being selected around a local dialect theme specifically to generate interest.”

The four winning students were Brandon Gaxha and James Anderson, of the Northumberland Church of England Academy’s Robert Stephenson Campus in the town, and Amy Tomlin and Natasha Hedley, of Ashington High School. They each received prizes and a framed copy of their winning posters.

Town council environment and regeneration committee chairman Brian Gallacher added: “The town council is trying to improve the look of the town centre each year by small environmental enhancement schemes like this.

“Let’s hope the new anti-litter campaign focuses minds and encourages people to act responsibly in tidying their town.”