Award-winning Llanberis group in new litter campaign

Date: 20/02/2019
Llanberis

Volunteers from the local community group Pentref Taclus Llanberis Tidy Village got together recently to kick start their weekly litter-picking season around the village.  This award-winning group are approaching their third year of regular activities, with their efforts showing how local pride can really make a difference to a community.

The volunteers succeeded in collecting 16 bags of litter during their morning’s search around the village, which also included Y Glyn (lagoons) and the lakeside areas towards the mountain railway station. 

On behalf of the group, Eric Bayliss, said: “It’s a privilege to work with volunteers who believe in keeping the village free of litter for its residents and visitors. We appreciate that money is short these days and we are proud to do our bit to keep the village tidy.

“Thanks to everyone who took part and especially the parents and their children who joined us on a cold, Sunday morning. Also, we would like to thank Gwynedd Council for their support, and local businesses who provided tea, coffee and biscuits to warm us up afterwards.”

Local Llanberis Gwynedd Councillor, Kevin Morris Jones, said: “Llanberis has many visitors and most respect its dramatic beauty, but, unfortunately, a careless minority do not use the bins provided which is very disappointing. Llanberis is very proud of its Tidy Village group – their efforts contribute so much towards keeping the village an outstanding destination and a wonderful place to live.”

Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal,  said: “It’s very pleasing to see the Llanberis Tidy Village group carrying on with their impressive efforts. Community litter-picks do far more than just remove litter in that they help dispel apathy and lift morale in the community by showing people that they care, and they also report back on other issues that need attention.

“The group’s partnership approach with the council provides major local environmental benefits as well as bringing people together in the community, which is another significant benefit.”

Those who discard litter in a public place are committing a crime. 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 your own community group contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru if you’d like to request a community pack.

Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme is funded by a Welsh Government grant which aims to improve Wales’ local environment.

Photograph: Some of the volunteers who took part on the litter-pick.