Councillors set example by tackling community's mess
COUNCILLORS are to get their hands dirty - and hold street surgeries at the same time.
The representatives for Lower Loughor are joining a litter and dog fouling campaign, which is being held to encourage residents to look after their streets, and keep them litter free.
But the councillors, Christine Richards and Eileen Bartlett, are also using the opportunity to hold street surgeries, where residents can discuss issues of concern with them, in a bid to reach more people.
Mrs Richards, who also serves on the community council, said: "Sometimes, we do not get many people visiting us when we hold normal surgeries, but we know people have a opinions and concerns they want to discuss.
"So this time, we're not just picking litter, we will also be carrying out street surgeries.
"Local councillors will be available for anyone who needs our help."
Friends of Parc Williams and members of Loughor Town Council, who are being supported by Swansea Council, are providing volunteers litter picking equipment, and hundreds of dog poo bags, to make sure parks and popular walking routes are clean.
Teams of litter pickers have already targeted the park and the foreshore along the estuary, removing dozens of bags of litter during the last two months.
Councillor Richards, cabinet member for citizen and community engagement and democracy, said: "Litter is a problem in most communities. In Loughor we are tackling the issue head on and organising community litter picks with support from residents and local groups.
"Our latest litter picking event will target residential areas and hopefully we can encourage more people to get involved so that Loughor remains neat and tidy.
"I'm thrilled with all the support we have received since we lanched the campaign. It really is making a difference in the community."
Eileen Bartlett, secretary of Parc Williams, added: "Our recent litter picking events have targeted hot spots such as the local park and walking routes along the foreshore.
"We now want to go into residential areas and tackle litter problems on streets in the community."
The team will be out and about on Saturday June 29, from 10am, visiting Brynllwchwr Road, Heol Pen¬y-Beili, Beili Glas, Clos Rhandir, Heol-y-Llan & Heol y Wern.