East Ayrshire gets a good Spring Clean

Towns and villages across East Ayrshire are cleaner, greener and more vibrant after being treated to a Spring ‘deep clean’ recently.

The Outdoor Services team joined forces with the local community, Vibrant Communities, Waste Management Services, Community Payback, the Corporate Enforcement Unit and the Risk Management Centre’s mobile CCTV unit to clean up litter and tackle environmental crime including fly tipping.

Each day the taskforce worked between 7.15am and 10am power washing the streets within Cumnock and Kilmarnock town centre. They cleaned under bins and street furniture, removing cigarette ends and generally removing any grime and dirt from our streets.

Additional street sweepers were drafted in to help with the deep clean, mechanically sweeping the pavements.

At 10am the taskforce moved on to focus on various communities including Shortlees, where they were supported by a team from Atrium Homes, Mauchline, Kilmaurs, Patna, Dalrymple and Hurlford.

Our green spaces also received some tlc with litter picks being carried out at Bellfield, Woodroad and Cunningham Watt parks plus Kay Park, Dean Park and Howard Park.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member for Older People and Community Safety said: “There is no reason why our town centres can’t be pristine. Everyone has a responsibility to take action when it comes to littering. The Council can organise taskforces and the CEU can issue Fixed Penalty Notices but we need our communities to take a zero tolerance approach to littering and for littering to become unacceptable.

“Working in partnership with our communities is key to the success of the Spring Clean Week. It is heartening to see people taking time out of their busy lives to work with our employees helping to keep their communities clean, green and vibrant.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in Spring Clean week for their hard work and for ensuring that East Ayrshire is looking great for the local community and for visitors.”

In Stewarton, shopkeepers, Stewarton Community Action Plan, Councillor Gordon Jenkins, local member for Annick, Vibrant Communities and Outdoor Services joined together to celebrate the ‘I Clean My Space’ initiative.

The town has been incredibly supportive of the initiative that sees businesses taking responsibility for keeping the pavement in front of their shops spick and span.

A record-breaking 41 shops have signed up to the initiative and received a free street sweeping brush from Outdoor Services.

Businesses who want to join the ‘I Clean My Space’ initiative and receive a free street sweeping brush should contact Lawrie Dinwoodie on lawrie.dinwoodie@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or call 01563 554072.