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Team remove graffiti to make town cleaner

Coun Ian Swithenbank; Robert Watson and Dave Jarvis, environment enforcement officers at the council; Coun Brian Gallacher, council member for Haydon ward and Richard Allman, Northumberland Youth Offenders team.

Coun Ian Swithenbank; Robert Watson and Dave Jarvis, environment enforcement officers at the council; Coun Brian Gallacher, council member for Haydon ward and Richard Allman, Northumberland Youth Offenders team.

A Big Tidy Up event aimed at making the county cleaner and greener is taking place in Ashington.

Northumberland County Council signed up to the national campaign to help with its on-going efforts to make the county a cleaner place to live and visit.

The council’s neighbourhood services team have been removing graffiti and clearing litter in the back lanes in the Station Road and Woodhorn Road areas of Ashington.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment at Northumberland County Council, said: “We all want our communities to be at their best, and although we are trying our best to tackle problem areas, but we rely on our residents taking responsibility too.

“We have a network of fantastic community groups and volunteers who go above and beyond, and to show our appreciation, some of them will be recognised at our LOVE Northumberland Awards night in July.”

Following the removal of graffiti, the team, along with support from Northumbria Police’s community payback scheme, freshened up the areas with a new coating of paint, which was supplied by Crown paints.

Coun Brian Gallacher, council member for the Haydon ward, added: “Most of the graffiti is historic and needs to be removed.

“It’s great to see the partnership between the county council, Ashington Town Council, the town team, local businesses and the police are all working together to enhance the town with projects like this.”

The authority signed up to a partnership with national charity Keep Britain Tidy at the start of the year and have been involved in several campaigns including a ‘Which side of the street’ stunt in Station Road, where one side of the street was left over a weekend to highlight the amount of work the streetcare team carry out.

For more information about LOVE Northumberland go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/love

 

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