People are really Loving Leyland!

Litter pickers: Volunteers, including councillors, took to the streets on Saturday
Litter pickers: Volunteers, including councillors, took to the streets on Saturday

Volunteers braved the brisk weather on Saturday to carry out community litter picks as part of the ‘Love Leyland’ campaign.

The morning session, in the St Ambrose area, saw youngsters, councillors, and members of the Moss Lane Residents’ Group collect rubbish around the railway station and Moss Lane.

In the afternoon, Runshaw College students joined councillors and other members of the community in Leyland St Mary’s to tackle litter problems on Worden Park and the surrounding area.

Coun Caroline Moon, who helped organise the events, said: “We had a lot of support and between the two litter picks, we collected 38 bin bags full of rubbish.

“It shows how important this campaign is; it’s going well but we still have a long way to go.

“Our aim is to get the message across that people shouldn’t be littering Leyland in the first place.

“That’s 38 bags’ worth of rubbish which need not be on the streets, but at least they’re cleaned up a bit now.”

She added: “Love Leyland aims to enable residents to make a personal difference to their neighbourhood through clean-up days and ward activities.

“We want to stop people littering in Leyland so we can all be proud of where we live.

“The council has a budget for this sort of thing, but we just want more people to get involved now.”

Vicar of St Ambrose Church, Duncan Clarke, also lended a hand to the cause, and councillor for the ward Sue Jones said: “I was really pleased with the turn-out and surprised by the quantity of litter we collected.

“It’s definitely improved the appearance of the area.”