Community gets together to clean up

The Big Tidy comes to Tyldesley with volunteers staging a litter pick on the Shakerley Estate. Pictured coun Robert Bleakley and the volunteers

The Big Tidy comes to Tyldesley with volunteers staging a litter pick on the Shakerley Estate. Pictured coun Robert Bleakley and the volunteers

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COMMUNITY-SPIRITED residents banded together to help clean up a housing estate.

Around 20 volunteers, including a group of teenagers, braved the autumn drizzle in Shakerley to tidy the streets and pick up litter as part of the national Love Where You Live campaign sponsored by Keep Britain Tidy.

Wigan and Leigh Housing also put on an extra bin collection, while a caretaker’s van toured the estate collecting bulky rubbish which people had been unable to fit into their bins.

The Clean Up Day, one of a series of regular events run across the borough, was organised by local councillors Robert Bleakley and Paul Valentine and paid for with money from their Brighter Borough fund.

Joanne Fairclough, from Wigan and Leigh Housing, said: “The event went really well and it was particularly nice to see a group of young people come down of their own accord and join in with the clean up.

“Tenants and residents have told us that keeping the estates clean and green is one of their top priorities, so it’s a good way for people to get involved and at the same time meet the needs of the residents.”