Tidy Towns in Penygroes Path Clean-up

Date 27/03/2017

Jonathan Neale, Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer with bags of rubbish collected

Tidy Towns in Penygroes Path Clean-up

 A path in Penygroes which connects the National Cycle Route, Lôn Eifion with the Nantlle Valley received a spring clean by the Tidy Towns Scheme.  The path is popular with local residents as well as dog walkers. Litter and fly-tipped materials were removed from the path, to make it look tidy, ready for spring.

A dog fouling awareness raising poster and leaflet were put up in the area of the path as part of a dog fouling campaign, which saw a 40% reduction in dog fouling incidents.  Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns Officer saw an opportunity to improve the quality of the path by implementing a thorough clean-up.

 Jonathan Neale,  Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Town Officer said:

 ‘This path has fine views of the Llŷn Peninsula in the west and Snowdon to the east, so the build-up of rubbish is very sad to see, with fast food packaging and drinks bottles littering the ground in some places.  A Tidy Towns contractor has now removed well over 100 bags of rubbish and the place is now clean and tidy.’

 Gwynedd Council’s Senior Countryside Warden, Robin Perkins, said:

 ‘This path is very popular with local people for recreation but is also important for the wider area, linking as it does the historic Nantlle Valley with the Lôn Eifion National Cycle Route. We hope that the recent Tidy Towns dog fouling and litter campaigns will help raise awareness of these problems, and also shame those who act in an anti-social way.’

 Gwynedd Council’s Senior Waste and Commissioning Manager, Steffan Jones, said:

 ‘The Tidy Towns Community Clean-up project can make a real difference to help communities blighted with the sort of problems we see on Lôn Eifion in Penygroes. The long term solution, however, probably lies elsewhere and we would encourage community groups or individuals wanting to help to get in touch.’

 Those who discard litter in a public place are committing a crime. Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face 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.