Abergwyngregyn locals pull together in litter campaign

Date: 18/07/2017

Local volunteers in Abergwyngregyn have come together as part of an ongoing campaign to combat the litter problem in their community.

The group of around 25 residents and friends carry out a clean-up session once or twice a year to spruce up this historic and picturesque village, with the equipment loaned by Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme.

During their recent event, the volunteers collected about 20 bags of rubbish, which disappointingly for the collectors included numerous carelessly discarded bags of dog mess from paths and verges around the village. The bags of litter were collected following the event by Gwynedd Council’s Street Cleaning Team.

On behalf of the group, Professor Carwyn Jones, said: “We are a mix of residents and friends of Aber who feel great pride in our village and its surrounding countryside. With 50,000 visitors each year visiting Aber Falls, we feel it’s important to maintain its visual appeal, as well as helping to ensure it’s a pleasant place in which to live.  The group would like to thank all who helped and Aziz for providing refreshments.”

Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, noted: “The residents of Abergwyngregyn are to be congratulated for their efforts to maintain the village in its picturesque state.  Community pride is at the heart of these initiatives and this is a great example of a local community’s efforts to keep their community clean and tidy.”

Local County Councillor Dafydd Meurig added: “It is really disappointing that some people disregard this beautiful village by leaving their litter and dog mess behind.  I’m very pleased to see that the local residents have taken it upon themselves to show how proud they are of their community by undertaking this clean-up. They deserve great credit for their initiative.”

Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s street enforcement team on 01766 771000.

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

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.