Bontnewydd's Local Environmental Improvements

Date: 13/03/2019

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A Gwynedd councillor has recently teamed up with various agencies to improve his village’s local environment and amenities. 

Councillor Peter Garlick, Bontnewydd, has lead on the project to clear litter in his ward and has also transformed a former roadside recycle centre on the outskirts of the village into an attractive sitting area for locals and passers-by on the busy road nearby.

Councillor Garlick has been busy collecting litter throughout his ward since being elected and has recently teamed up with Keep Wales Tidy and Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns, who both supported his efforts and supplied him with equipment. 

The local housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd have also been part of the partnership helping the councillor to tidy up and transform the redundant recycle centre, together with the local primary school children from Ysgol Bontnewydd and local PCSOs. 

Keep Wales Tidy’s Gwynedd Officer, Daniel Griffith, said: “It’s important that unsung heroes like Peter are recognised for their invaluable work. Keep Wales Tidy is committed to helping individuals and groups passionate about their local environment care for and improve their communities. We are proud and happy to provide all of our Litter Champions with the equipment and support they need to make a difference.”

As part of the project, the charity Men’s Sheds provided benches and flower beds with timber donated by Travis Perkins. Since the addition of these donations and the successful implementation of the project there has been a reduction in littering and fly-tipping occurring at the location.

Councillor Garlick said: “There is great potential in our village and we all need communities that we can be proud of. It’s surprising what can be done by doing the little things, such as litter picking, cutting grass, and also, with a little imagination, transforming a bit of an eyesore into an amenity area for the community.

“This was all done quite easily really and, as residents, we are very grateful for the charitable donations and co-operation with all the agencies involved, together with the community councils.”

Pictures: 1 – (From Left) Jonathan Neale (Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns), Gareth Jones (Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd), Councillor Peter Garlick and Daniel Griffith (Keep Wales Tidy). 2 – New benches and flower beds in Bontnewydd.