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Wigan Pride – Businesses 'clean-up' to create a tidy town
Wednesday 16th September, 2009

When it comes to community pride Wigan town centre’s business community is making a clean sweep of things.

And to prove it some of the town centres busiest businesses will be taking time-out from trading tomorrow (Thursday) to don the gloves and high-vis vests, grab a brush and get stuck in to the The Big Tidy Up.

More than 30 members of staff from town centre shops, cafes and other business will be taking part in the clean-up between 10.30am and noon.

The aim is a simple one – to get rid of as much litter as possible.
Wigan Town Centre Manager Mike Matthews explains: “This is the second Big Tidy Up that has taken place in the town centre and we are really delighted that the business community has taken this idea on board and are giving it their best.

“We want Wigan to be a vibrant, attractive place to come and visit and the town centre really can be the focal point for opinions about our borough.

“It’s in everyone’s best interests to make sure it’s looking great.”
The event also supports the Keep Britain Tidy group’s Tidy Business Awards. Those shops taking part can work towards a silver and gold awards by keeping their surroundings tidy and making sure their business doesn’t impact on the cleanliness of the town centre.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Environment Cllr David Molyneux says: “Once again our town centre businesses are backing Wigan and we are backing them!

“The council does its very best to keep our streets clean but we can only do so much. We need everyone to take pride in their community and make an effort to rid our town centres of the eyesore of litter.”

“Of course it doesn’t just have to be in Wigan town centre and we’d now like to see this project expanded to other centres. If you want to organise your own tidy up, just let us know.”

“There really are no excuses for littering and if everyone follows the lead of the business community and joins our campaign, together we can beat it.”

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