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Town plans a clean-up
1:05pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
GROTSPOTS will be tackled by people who care under town council plans to keep Northwich tidy.
Northwich Town Council hopes to encourage residents to take responsibility for messy areas and is itself looking into taking over a play area.
Chris Shaw, Northwich’s town clerk, told councillors how he had been inspired by Middlewich Clean Team, set up a decade ago by former newsagent Janet Chisholm when she got fed up of litter outside her shop.
Chris said: “In Middlewich they’ve got about 100 volunteers that help at events and community projects and they’re supported by Middlewich Town Council.
“On the last ward walk in Northwich we went past an area that was litter free because it’s adopted by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and the next area, which is unadopted, is full of litter and weeds.
“We could ask a clean team then to come in and say that could be their project.
“It’s a way of getting untidy areas around Northwich up to a high standard.”
Clr Derek Bowden: “The difficulty with a volunteer base is that you rely on people’s good will so it’s difficult to put pressure on them.
“You get more success if people have a sense of ownership.
“I’ve been involved in cleaning Greenbank Station – we felt really good at the end and haven’t had the same amount of litter chucked since that clean up day.
“In principle we’re talking about identifying areas and having a group that feels it belongs to them, I think that’s the way forward.”
The council plans to meet with Middlewich Clean Team to find out more.
It is also investigating taking over control of Danefields play area from Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).
Chris said: “We’ve had numerous complaints from members of the public and community wardens and it’s become run down and neglected.
“We could approach CWAC to take the site into our ownership and turn it into an area that the community can enjoy and be proud of.”
He added: “It’s in the really early stages and CWAC might not want to get rid of the site so we might be looking at a 99-year lease and managing it or a total asset transfer where we take total ownership of it and improve it.
“But those talks haven’t really taken place yet.”
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