Partnership approach to litter problem in Dyffryn Ogwen
Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns team have recently been working with a partnership of local community councils in the Bethesda area to help tackle litter and fly-tipping problems.
Locally based group Partneriaeth Ogwen have been working on behalf of the councils and have grasped the initiative by employing a part-time maintenance worker.
Parnteriaeth Ogwen is a social enterprise initiative funded by Bethesda, Llanllechid and Llandygai Community Councils with the aim of promoting projects which regenerate and reinforce the economy and community of the Ogwen Valley. With this in mind, the partnership decided to improve the quality of the environment by directly employing a maintenance worker.
The worker in question is Adam Quaeck. He said: “It has been great to get the chance to help the Ogwen Partnership clean and tidy the area. I enjoy meeting people out and about on the streets and I’ve had a fantastic response in my work of tackling the litter problem. Everyone has been very supportive and it’s good to see so much community pride here in the Bethesda area.”
Tidy Towns has supplied the partnership with litter-picking equipment, which includes a purpose made litter-tidy cart.
Councillor Rheinallt Puw who represents the Ogwen ward on Gwynedd Council, said: “Partneriaeth Ogwen’s litter and fly-tipping initiative shows what can be achieved if community council’s work together to overcome the long-term problems of littering and illegal tipping. It has been great to see Adam with his tidy cart on the area’s streets and I really hope this initiative continues. Thanks to Tidy Towns for their support.”
Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, said: “It’s great to see community councils working in partnership over common environmental problems. Litter and fly-tipping blights so many of our communities so it’s fantastic to see local councils cooperating with Tidy Towns help to improve the area for residents.”
Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme is funded by a Welsh Government grant and aims to empower communities to improve their local environment.
Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500.
For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start a community group, contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to request a community pack.
PHOTOGRAPH: Adam Quaeck from Partneriaeth Ogwen with Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns officer, Jonathan Neale