Town centre clean up gets underway
Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time for people to get out there and do their bit to help keep Wiltshire as beautiful as possible.Atiqul Hoque, portfolio holder for streetscene
A major clean-up of the county's town centres is now underway following Wiltshire Council's recent award of government funding.
The council was awarded a £86,956 share of £9.75m from the Government's High Streets Community Clean-Up Fund to back efforts to spruce up the county's high streets.
Cleaning got underway in Amesbury on 1 April 2019 and will take place across town centres in Wiltshire throughout the month.
Representatives from Wiltshire Council, Amesbury Town Council and the council's contractors Idverde gathered today to mark the start of the work.
The funding gives local authorities an opportunity to do more while encouraging communities to take greater pride in their local area. The money will help support projects such as Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign which runs until 23 April and National High Street Perfect Day a new community-led clean-up day to help make high streets look their very best.
The funding, which has been used to purchase equipment for community group use, with supporting services such as waste collection, is only available in April 2019.
Wiltshire Council will work in partnership with existing community groups to use the one-off funding to support volunteers. The council will supply groups with tools such as litter pickers, gloves and brushes, and specialist cleaning services to improve areas and also supply litter picking equipment to participating community groups. During the month the council can also arrange for the collection of waste after the event. Cleaning events are taking place in every town centre in Wiltshire throughout April.
Litter picks in areas covered by Salisbury, Amesbury, Southern and South West Wiltshire Area Boards can take place in line with the Great British Spring Clean guidance. The ‘if you didn't drop it, don't pick it up' advice from Public Health England remains in place in those areas for casual, non-organised litter picking. If a community group in one of those areas has an event arranged they are encouraged to contact their local Community Engagement Manager with details so that they can provide specialist litter picking equipment and advice to support the event. People should visit the council's Salisbury and Amesbury page.
Atiqul Hoque, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for Streetscene, said: "A busy month of tidying our county's town centres is now underway. Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time for people to get out there and do their bit to help keep Wiltshire as beautiful as possible.
"Please get in touch if anyone or a group is interested in getting involved. We are grateful for any from people taking pride in the appearance of their community and could not manage without them."
Community groups who would like to get involved can contact email@example.com.