A group of around 20 Llanbedrog residents – who were also joined on the day by some appreciative visitors to the area – recently got together to help rid parts of the village of litter.
This community initiative has been made possible by the long-term loan of litter-picking equipment from Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns team.
Councillor Angela Russell, who represents Llanbedrog on Gwynedd Council said: “It was fantastic to see so many turn up, and especially so many children!
“We were able to cover most areas of the village from the upper to the lower parts and down to the popular beach area near Glyn y Weddw. We collected 12 bags of rubbish in an hour and a half. Very many thanks to Tidy Towns and Keep Wales Tidy for helping us get started as a group.”
Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment John Wyn Jones noted: “Community pride is essential if our towns and villages are to be pleasant places in which to live and work. We are lucky in Gwynedd in that there is no shortage of community pride, so the important thing is to empower communities to channel this to good effect, and Tidy Towns is a great vehicle for this. We look forward to working with the group in future.”
The Council’s Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale said: “It’s nice to see that Llanbedrog residents seem really proud of their village, but not everyone understands that it takes a lot of effort to keep it looking good. Councils can only do so much, so when residents also take charge of the problem it means people start to think about their responsibilities.”
If you’d like to start your own community group to improve your local environment, please contact Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer for a community pack.
To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s Street Enforcement team on 01766 771000. It is a crime to throw rubbish in any public place, and those convicted of doing so could face a fine of up to £2,500.
Tidy Towns is funded by a Welsh Government grant as part of a scheme which aims to improve the local environment.