CLEAN-UP BRIGADE SPRINGS INTO ACTION

Milngavie precinct Clean Sweep initiative pick up litter after storm, Robert McCallum,Anne Craw, Douglas Cameron, Margaret MacBain and Jim Gibbons'Photo Emma Mitchell'18/2/12

Milngavie precinct Clean Sweep initiative pick up litter after storm, Robert McCallum,Anne Craw, Douglas Cameron, Margaret MacBain and Jim Gibbons'Photo Emma Mitchell'18/2/12

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A CRACK clean-up squad blitzed rubbish in Milngavie town centre recently.

More than 20 civic-minded volunteers gathered near the Fraser Centre and headed off in all directions in groups of two to tackle litter hotspots such as the bridge near Classic India and along parts of Allander Water near Tesco and down to Lennox Park.

The operation was organised by Milngavie in Bloom’s clean-up group Clean Sweep Initiative.

This was the first outing this year and they were prompted into action because of the amount of rubbish that has accumulated following recent storms.

Clean Sweep was formed last year and throughout the spring and summer holds clean ups twice a month.

Committee member Margaret MacBain said: “We collected the usual bottles and cans with someone even dumping a big old electric fire. Litter begets litter. We went off in eight different directions and it was amazing how many full beer cans I found secreted in places.”

Mrs MacBain, who has been involved with Milngavie in Bloom for three years, added that keeping Milngavie litter free would encourage people not to drop rubbish and she urged people to think about where they put their litter.

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She said: “We do a really big clean-up in April every year just before the start of the West Highland Way walking season.”

Milngavie councillor Jim Gibbons, who helped out at the litter pick, said: “I was very pleased to be part of the clean up organised by Milngavie in Bloom. There are certain places around the village where litter can accumulate. Thanks to Milngavie in Bloom, these areas are now free of the rubbish that has built up over the winter. This hard work should be recognised by everyone.”

The councillor said he had arranged for interested parties to meet with the head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, to point out areas where the council can make improvements to the precinct and the start of the West Highland Way.