|Love Where You Live? - Prove it, Pick it up and bin it!
Love Where You Live ambassador Kirstie Allsopp
Do you love where you live?
Are you proud of your patch?
But does the ugly spectre of litter in your neighbourhood make you cringe?
Well, it’s time to show your love and take action!
Wigan Council is joining forces with Wigan’s own Keep Britain Tidy on their ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign – a national campaign to inspire individuals, businesses, groups and organisations to take pride in where they live, work and play.
The campaign will be launched locally and nationally on Monday 17th October. And just to prove what a difference people can really make, the council is calling a halt to town centre cleaning (except food waste) from 3pm on Saturday 15th October to midday Monday. Street cleaners will hang up their hi-viz vests for the rest of the weekend just to see how messy it gets.
Then at noon on Monday 17th October, a group of keen (and green) volunteers will take on the challenge of making the streets spotless once again, coinciding with the national launch of Love Where You Live in London.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Kevin Anderson, says: “The campaign aims to demonstrate just how challenging the volume of work each day can be for our street cleaners. It also aims to inspire individuals, groups, business and others to work with them to make the borough a cleaner, greener place to live.”
Over the next three years, Keep Britain Tidy aims to enlist the help of three million people and three thousand organisations to help reduce the amount of litter in England.
Wigan Council is one of several ambassador authorities through which the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign will be promoted at a local level. Together with Keep Britain Tidy, the council aims to inspire individuals, local businesses, groups and organisations to think about their community and take an active interest in looking after their local environment.
Wigan Council is planning to run a series of green activities and events in the community through ‘Love Where You Live’ in the near future.
Cllr Anderson adds: “When it comes to litter, we all have a part to play and every individual really can make a difference. We can all help to make our neighbourhoods better places in which to live, work and play.
“Perhaps you could work with a neighbour to organise a litter pick or maybe you have a communal garden that needs sprucing up? If we all do something, however small, we can achieve a lot. And whatever you decide to do, we'd like to know about it!"
The national ambassador for Love Where You Live is TV personality Kirstie Allsopp, who is backing the borough’s campaign.
She says: "I wish Wigan Council the best of luck with its Love Where You Live campaign and encourage all local people to get behind it.”
To find out more about the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign, visit www.lovewhereyoulive.org.
To find out more about ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.