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Monday, 15 October 2012 (3031547)
45 tonnes of waste removed in Birch Green community clean-up project
by David Simister

BIRCH Green residents have teamed up with a host of West Lancashire organisations to remove a whopping 45 tonnes of waste from the area where they live.

The West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership said this week they were delighted with the results of the community clean-up, which saw them team up with residents, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the Lancashire Probation Community Payback Team to remove the rubbish Fairlie, Fairstead and Falkland over a three-day period earlier this month.

Councillor David Sudworth, the borough council's portfolio holder for health, leisure and community safety, said: “I am very grateful to the fire service and the Community Payback Team for supporting this clean-up which has helped local people get rid of waste and reduced the risk of fires.”

Residents were encouraged to get involved by using skips funded by the Community Safety Partnership, with 90 per cent of what went into the skips was to be recycled by the council, community or the skip company.

Meanwhile, the community payback team helped to remove rubbish and to clear an overgrown alleyway, staff from the borough council offered advice to dog owners - including telling them about a microchipping event due to be held this half term - while officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service helped those disposing of their rubbish at the skips, while keeping an eye out for rubbish which could turn out to be a fire hazard.

Phil Jones, Service Delivery manager for the fire service in West Lancashire, said: “We had a very good response from residents at the beatsweep.

”A lot of people were asking us for advice and we had a number of referrals for fire safety checks.“

The Community Payback team will return to the estate to paint railings in the area and do some more weeding and will also contribute to the Little Digmoor Community Beatsweep.


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