LAUNCESTON’S MP and local volunteers cleared almost 20 bags full of rubbish from the town’s verges as part of Clean Cornwall week.
Liberal Democrat Dan Rogerson organised the litter pick to tidy up the area around Pennygillam roundabout which has suffered from drivers and passengers throwing bottles and cans from their vehicles.
Dan said: “Thank you to everyone who gave up their lunchtime to help, including members of the Launceston Walking Group.
“The roadsides are looking beautiful with all the daffodils planted by Launceston in Bloom coming into flower. Sadly they were being ruined by litter strewn amongst them.
“It’s very sad that there was any need for a clean up. I hope it makes people think twice before they throw litter out instead of putting it in a bin.”
Jade Farrington, Liberal Democrat Cornwall Councillor for Launceston South, joined Dan and the group of volunteers for the litter pick. She has used some of her Community Chest fund to purchase litter pickers for Hurdon Way and Dunheved Road Residents’ Associations and St Mary’s Church so that they can all organise their own clean ups.
Jade said: “It’s great to see more and more local groups wanting to help the town. Anyone wanting to organise a litter pick need only ask their councillor and we can help with equipment and publicity.”
Clean Cornwall week is a Duchy-wide partnership of local businesses, community groups, voluntary and public sector organisations.
Chaired by Lady Mary Holborow DCVO, it is dedicated to reducing the visible presence and impact of litter, protecting our hugely diverse landscape and promoting the importance of keeping Cornwall clean and tidy.