|Litter pickers are champion!
Some of the volunteers pictured outside the DW Stadium
They’re a first class team with a passion for what they do and a determination to succeed, even when the odds appear to be against them.
And these devotees of the DW have proven you don’t have to be a Latics fan or a Warriors supporter if you want to join their team…. all you need is the loan of a litter picker, a bin bag and some free time.
Wigan Council’s Neighbourhood Team recently organised a major clean up around the stadium on Tuesday 5th October – with the support of both Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors RLFC. And 70 local supporters from both teams pitched in, too!
The area - from Robin Park Road, Loire Drive and Frith Street near to B&Q all the way to the end of Stadium Way at Martland Mill - is a hot spot for fly tippers, drivers throwing litter from cars and dog fouling. The open space adjacent to the canal and along Stadium Way is also a high risk area for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service due to higher than average incidents of deliberate fires.
“Altogether, in the space of an hour, the volunteers collected 103 bags of rubbish - which weighed in at just under half a ton!" says Emma Catlow, Neighbourhood Team Leader for the Wigan South area.
“I want to say a big thank you to ASDA for putting on free refreshments. DW fitness gave us gym guest passes for everybody who took part and Wigan Athletic pledged to give every volunteer a free ticket to a home game.
“This area is seen by thousands every match day as fans make their way to the stadium, as well as by local users of the leisure facilities at Robin Park. So let’s hope the clean up pays off and shows that by teaming together, we can put on a performance that all Wiganers can be proud of.”
Pupils from Marsh Green County Primary School also turned up to help out on the day, together with a surprise visit from Mighty Max, the Wigan Warriors club mascot and Stripey from the Latics.
Wigan Council’s champion for neighbourhoods, Cllr. Kevin Anderson, says:
"I welcome this campaign and the proactive way in which different Council departments and partner agencies are working together to make our communities cleaner and greener. After the campaign finishes, our commitment to clamping down on litter will continue with appropriate enforcement action. We will carry on working with residents and encouraging them to provide information regarding perpetrators who are damaging our neighbourhoods."
The clean up campaign in Robin Park was supported by all the local agencies and services who have a stake in this area and are committed to making it better for local people, including Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, Keep Britain Tidy, ASDA, British Waterways, Groundwork Trust, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Prince's Trust, Wigan and Leigh Housing, DW Stadium, DW Sports Fitness, Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors RLFC.