The Cameroon Community of Bolton Group has taken part in the ‘Big Bolton Tidy Up’, which encourages people to take responsibility for tidying up their own local area.
Around 15-20 adults and children from the group have taken part in a tidy up of King George V Field, Wellfield Road. The area was chosen by the group after the local community nominated it for a tidy up both to the council and to the police.
Bolton Council launched the ‘Big Bolton Tidy Up’ campaign last year to work with community groups and encourage them to help the council by keeping their towns and neighbourhoods clean.
More than 22 community groups and schools across Bolton have registered to take part and more than 240 bags of rubbish have been collected.
The council has provided groups with litter pickers, gloves, branded tabards and bags and helped them to do their bit for their local park, street or school.
In 2010, the council also launched a campaign to stop residents dropping litter through a combination of education and enforcement. People who do drop litter or allow their dogs to foul can be issued with a £75 fine and even prosecuted.
Cllr Elaine Sherrington, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “We’re delighted that local groups such as the Cameroon Community Group are getting together to give something back to local communities. The council is committed to making Bolton a cleaner and greener place to live, but we need the support of everyone to make sure the borough stays that way.
“We hope that residents and community groups will continue to show pride in their local area and get involved to clean up their own streets, schools and community areas.”