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Friday, 29 August 2014

Almost a truck full of rubbish picked up

ALMOST a truck full of rubbish was collected by the Big Clean team in Askam.

Armed with protective gloves and litter pickers, members of Askam and Ireleth Parish Council joined forces with Barrow Borough Council and waste contractors Biffa to rid the coastal community of rubbish.

Several bagfulls of rubbish were collected during the two-hour sweep of the village.

Members of the Duddon Inshore Rescue joined in the clean up. Using a trailer towed by quad bike, station officer Ian Standing and secretary Denise Wilson helped to remove an old kitchen unit and some wire mesh from Askam beach.

Janice Cumming, Askam and Ireleth Parish Council clerk, said: “Askam isn’t as bad for litter as it used to be. When we took part in the Big Clean last year we removed a lot more litter than this year.

“It was really worthwhile doing it again.

“We managed to almost fill one of Biffa’s caged wagons.

“It has made such a difference to the village. Hopefully people will see it and think twice before littering.”

Elsewhere, members of the Friends of Millom Park group set about tackling the litter problem in the town's Palladium Park.

But Councillor Joan Hobbs, chairwoman of the group, was given a surprise when she arrived on site – no litter.

She said: “It was a pleasant surprise to find no litter down there.

“A couple of weeks ago the area was awful. There was paper everywhere and empty cans and bottles all over the place.

“This area is the first thing people see when they come round the roundabout and it has been a real eyesore in the past.

“We’re hoping, with the help of campaigns like this, that people are starting to get the message now and keeping the place a bit cleaner.”

And volunteers from the Ulverston in Bloom team also took to the streets as part of the Big Clean.

Cumbria in Bloom judges are set to visit the town on July 10, so volunteers were out in force to make sure Ulverston is looking its best.

On Tuesday, they tackled the area around the library, and last night collected litter in The Gill and surrounding streets.

Ulverston in Bloom's Judy Pickthall said: “The most aggravating thing is when people pick up their dog poo and put it in a bag – but then leave the bag lying around as litter.”

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