County Voice

County Voice 2019: Issue 2

Cleaning up the streets of Rhyl

A number of organisations teamed up in Rhyl recently as part of efforts to clean up the town’s streets.

An initiative, led by ClwydAlyn Housing and supported by the Council, Keep Wales Tidy and the local community targeted the Edward Henry Street area of Rhyl. The aim was to tackle problems with litter, environmental crime, fly-tipping and to educate the public about the need to dispose of their rubbish in the proper way.

A number of skips were filled during the event.

Laura Collins, Housing Officer with ClwydAlyn, who co-ordinated the initiative, said: “We have been doing a litter pick in the area, speaking with tenants and providing information on issues such as recycling.  We have also cleared some rubbish from their homes and cleared their yards.  It has been a case of knocking on doors and informing people what’s going on. We had a positive response with a number of residents getting involved in the actual clear up.

“It’s brilliant to see the residents taking a pride in their local area and supporting this initiative to make Rhyl a great place to live.”

Emlyn Jones, Denbighshire’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, said: “Extensive work has already gone on in West Rhyl to clean up the streets and those efforts are paying dividends.  Streets are cleaner than ever before and we are seeing a reduction in the amount of fly-tipping an rubbish being dumped on the street, and in particular in alleyways.

“There’s a lot less litter on the streets, people have been recycling more and they have been putting out waste on appropriate days.  The next stage is to try and engage with residents – we need their help to improve the streets further and to try and prevent fly-tipping from occurring.

“We also want residents to inform the Council if they know who is responsible for dumping rubbish and fly-tipping when it happens”.

Shane Hughes, a Project Officer with Keep Wales Tidy was involved in the clear-up.  He said: “We like to work in partnership with other organisations. It’s a good thing to do, working with the community, ClwydAlyn and the Council in a multi-partner approach to littering and it’s one of the best ways of approaching a problem like this when you get a number of agencies involved”.


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