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Actions Speak Loudly in Pem
Monday 22nd February, 2010

Actions Speak Loudly in Pem
PACT team and friends Wigan Council's Ellen Belshaw, PC Mick Chappell, Karen Sutcliffe, Cllr Paul Prescott and council officers Nick Burdekin, Tony McLennan and Emma Catlow.

...and the community really came together to ensure that PACT is working well in the town last weekend.

PACT – Partners and Communities Together – unites residents and tenants with service providers such as the council and the police. This level of partnership working was very visible in Pemberton town centre during an action day which exceeded all expectations.

The Saturday event followed a street clean up in and around the area a few days before, and educational visits by council officers and two local schools.

“We had a superb turn out from important figures in the community, and a warm welcome from locals and businesses,” says Emma Catlow, who is the council’s neighbourhood team leader in the area. “The RSPCA microchipped 56 dogs in a 2˝ hour period - a result for us as we spoke to all of the dog owners to educate them about dog fouling and the fact that we are now issuing fixed penalty notices.”

The day brought together elected members and council officers, with colleagues from Wigan and Leigh Housing, the PCT, Age Concern and local police officer Mick Chappell. Homewatch had a stall for security marking mobile phones and bikes and, with a number of other stalls and things to see, the day was a success.

“We gave out lots of advice and materials to promote the cleaner, safer, greener message,” adds Emma. “We also spoke to over a hundred smokers and gave out stubbies - portable ashtrays - and warned them about the possibility of being fined if they are witnessed throwing their cigarette stub onto the ground. We already issued one of these in the area the week before.”

Ward councillor and member of the cabinet Cllr Paul Prescott was there. He says: “The community are very strong and keen to see Pemberton develop as a clean and attractive place to live and shop. The turn out at the weekend was superb and I’d like to thank everyone involved and those who supported us.”

The action day was organised under the PACT initiative by the council’s Neighbourhood Teams – similar projects are underway across the borough to ensure local issues are addressed by residents and council on the ground in each community.



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