|Watch out litter lout - Pemberton declares war on waste
Pupils from St Cuthbert's and Orrell Lamberhead Green show off their artwork with Rebecca Hill, Emma Catlow, Pemberton Ward Councillor Paul Prescott, St Cuthbert's teacher Susan Jones, Jane Gough from local business Diva and Alison Glover from local business Pemberton Lighting.
Making Pemberton a cleaner, safer, greener place to live.
That was the aim behind a recent campaign that encouraged people from all walks of life to take pride in their community.
Wigan Council's Neighbourhood Team organised and event in the heart of Pem’ to raise awareness about some of the issues affecting the community. Partners from the police, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT, Homewatch, the RSPCA and across the council also came along to give support and advice.
The event was also designed to support to traders in the area who have just formed their own group which wants to highlight some of the issues in the area -such as litter.
To support the campaign, the council's Eco-Schools Officer Rebecca Hill carried out anti-litter sessions at St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School and Orrell Lamberhead Green.
Rebecca taught pupils about the different types of litter and the problems each can cause. The pupils also discussed how people can be encouraged not to drop litter.
Pupils from both schools have designed posters to show what they like about living in Wigan and why they think people should not drop litter.
The best two posters from each school will be displayed in Wigan's Grand Arcade Shopping Centre.
Neighbourhood Team leader for Pemberton, Emma Catlow, says: "We are working hard to reduce the impact of environmental crime such as littering, dog-fouling and graffiti. We are really keen to get the community on-board and really committed to making Pemberton cleaner, greener and safer."
Residents have identified litter as a problem in Pemberton and people caught dropping rubbish can face a fine of £80.
Wigan Council and its partners have launched a Big Tidy Up for the borough which aims to encourage everyone to get involved in tackling the problems caused by litter louts.
Wigan Council's Cabinet Champion for the Environment, Cllr David Molyneux, adds: "It costs £450M a year to clean up litter in the UK and about £1M in Wigan. But it's not just the cost, it's the impact that litter has on people and how they feel about where they live.
"I am very pleased to support schools and businesses in their efforts to make Wigan a cleaner and happier place to live."
You can register your tidy up event at www.thebigtidyup.org and claim a free campaign pack which includes rubbish sacks, tabards and handy tips on how best to make your event a success.
For more information on waste , litter, the environment in our borough and what you can do visit Wigan Council’s website – www.wigan.gov.uk