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Community Clean Up

Date Published: 04/05/2012

POLICE in the Swansea Valley have vowed to help clean up the village of Clydach — literally.

Officers have pledged to join other community groups in arresting the build up of litter in the village.  

Armed with plastic bags and litter pickers Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Suzanne Birch was joined by representatives from a host of organisations and community groups from Keep Wales Tidy, Swansea Canal Society and Fly- Tipping Action Wales to Clydach Community Council, in a sweep of the village.

And not even atrocious weather conditions could deter the public-spirited volunteers.

Ms Birch said: "We all met at the Forge Fach community centre in the morning. Despite the horrendous weather, we had a great turn out of around 20 people from the different agencies and residents.

"We started off at Post Office Lane and then worked our way along the canal and then finished off on Players Industrial Estate.

"It was very much needed. We collected over a tonne, which included tyres, beer cans, gas bottles and a television set, and all sorts of litter.

"It just goes to show what can be achieved if we are all each prepared to give up a couple of hours of hard work to pull together."

The officer went on to say that community policing was not only about catching the bad guys.

"This was just another example of partnership working and caring for the community.

"The removal of litter, especially from the industrial estate, also helps to prevent crimes such as arson, hence the presence of the arson reduction team."

Norma Greene, a project officer with Fly-Tipping Action Wales, said: "While doing the clean-up we identified areas where people are fly-tipping and we will be following that up. It's an ongoing process.

"Clydach is a great little village, but like all places it has its litter spots.

"We want people to enjoy the beautiful areas of the village, such as the canal, and it was great to see so many people working together to clean up."

Fly-Tipping Action Wales together with Graigfelen Communities First and PCSO Birch also recently visited residents in Tyle Teg area of the village to carry out a survey on waste issues in the area.

The information will be used to identify any barriers faced by residents in disposing of their waste correctly.


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