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Crack team in fight against grime

By Warren Wilkins 12th July 2017

Crack team in fight against grime
A tidied up area of Newquay´s showpiece Killacourt.

A new team established to help improve public open spaces in Newquay has started to make headway.

Newquay Town Council’s open spaces team has started tackling overgrown areas along the South West in Bloom and Britain in Bloom judging route, which has included the Killacourt, Dinard Garden, the Marcus Hill council grounds and the Hope Street area.

The dedicated team of three employees is subsequently set to focus on the whole parish so every area benefits over time.

Newquay Town Council agreed to fund a new open spaces team on an initial 18- month trial basis to enhance the standard of service delivered by Cornwall Council, Cormac and Biffa to the level ratepayers and visitors expect Newquay to have as a major seaside town.

Mr Todd, the open spaces supervisor, will be drawing up a schedule of works for priority areas on a month by month basis, with town clerk Andy Curtis and the Footpaths, Bridleways and Open Spaces (FBOS) Committee in order to keep priority issues under review.

Town clerk Andy Curtis said: “At present the team is focusing on the South West in Bloom judging route, however, they are also undertaking odd jobs and improvements at the same time as they come up.

“We have had some good feedback so far and some areas have been greatly improved.”

The team’s focus is on weeding and tasks that do not require the use of power tools whilst they wait for their personal protective equipment uniforms to arrive.

The town council is also taking delivery of a flat-bed truck and a large panel van so that even the larger jobs can be handled by the team.  

Cllr Zoe Dixon, the chairman of the FBOS Committee, said: “I’m delighted that we as a town council with our new and enthusiastic open spaces team can now start to make a difference, love where we live and ensure that our town, our residents and our visitors will soon start to get the town they deserve.”

Newquay will be judged for its South West in Bloom entry by Paul Collier and Terry Porter, in the large coastal category on Monday, July 17, from 10am to 1.30 pm. The town will be judged on its horticulture, environment and community in equal measure.

Mavis Warman, the chairman for the Newquay in Bloom Partnership, commented: “Please support our town in retaining its gold standard from last year by helping to ensure your area is free of litter and weeds.”

Anyone who sees problem areas in Newquay that require urgent attention can contact either Newquay Town Council or Newquay in Bloom on 01637 874380.

By Warren Wilkins 12th July 2017

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