Southport Spring Clean-up Launched. April 26th, 2013 onscene Latest News Shares Comments A Big Spring clean-up campaign is launched today by Lib Dem Councillors Sue McGuire, Tony Dawson and Pat Keith, who have declared war on local litter in Southport. This follows the hugely successful litter pick the team did last year at the Marine Lake,when over a tonne of litter was collected. But to match last years total, the Councillors are encouraging people to roll up their sleeves and join them for their “Big Spring clean-up” from 10.30am on Saturday May 4 under Southport Pier by the Miniature Railway. The three councillors have expressed deep concern over the massive build up of litter in various parts of town. Councillor McGuire says: “Southport is a beautiful place to live and to visit but there are grot spots, such as the one under the pier, which spoil the look of the resort and can discourage visitors. As the town prepares and hopes for the summer influx, we are determined to make our environment more attractive for tourists and local people alike.” Councillor Keith declares: “As people stroll along the pier or travel on the miniature railway they are confronted with a barrage of litter that has been strewn under the pier. It is a real eyesore and it’s essential for the image of Southport that this awful mess is removed and also that people are discouraged from dropping litter in the first place.” Councillor Tony Dawson says that we have become too tolerant towards the litterers. “Whether it is dumping mattresses in the streets or tossing single drinks cans under the pier, it brings down the town and makes work for someone else to do.” Miniature Railway owner Jenny Clark is furious at the way the rubbish is thrown down. She says : ”We need to send a clear message to the lazy litter louts. Visitors tell me they are astonished that a prestigious seaside resort like Southport should present this image. I believe that we deserve a cleaner, greener place to live.” Volunteers from the YMCA will join Southport’s litter heroes ‘Rubbish Friends’ at the clean up. YMCA Youth Co-ordinator Katy Hibbert believes : “The good thing about this campaign is the widespread support it receives and the only losers will be the litter louts. Our local landscape is too lovely to trash. This is a wonderful cause and the YMCA is proud to be a part of it.” If you would like to become a “Rubbish Friend” to Southport and help with the big spring clean up please contact: Pat Keith email [email protected] Phone – 07735005802 Sue McGuire email [email protected] Phone – 07766968162 Related Comments comments!