Vol­un­teers snap up 368 bags of rub­bish to clear pop­u­lar route

Accrington Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

SUS­TRANS vol­un­teers col­lected an in­cred­i­ble 368 bin bags of lit­ter along the 1.4 mile path be­tween the Fal­low­field Loop, a cy­cle and walk­ing route, and the Ash­ton Canal.

Vol­un­teers worked for three days along the path, which is part of the Na­tional Cy­cle Net­work (NCN) and which links two pop­u­lar walk­ing and cy­cle routes.

Lit­ter lev­els have been per­sis­tently high along Route 60, the for­mer Stock­port Canal, so lo­cal vol­un­teers de­cided to act.

Among the piles of drinks cans, crisp pack­ets and con­fec­tionery wrap­pings, vol­un­teers hauled away an aban­doned bed, su­per­mar­ket trol­leys and nu­mer­ous black bags full of rub­bish.

Or­gan­iser Charles Kin­niburgh said: “This is an at­trac­tive tree-lined path in an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment which al­lows peo­ple to walk and cy­cle away from traf­fic, but the amount of lit­ter on it has been putting peo­ple off us­ing it for some time. We had a fan­tas­tic re­sponse from the lo­cal coun­cil Neigh­bour­hoods Team who made avail­able a com­mu­nity cen­tre and pro­vided re­fresh­ments through­out.

“The re­sponse of vol­un­teers from Sus­trans and other lo­cal groups such as the Manch­ester and Stock­port Canal So­ci­ety was truly amaz­ing.

“De­spite some chal­leng­ing weather, 42 vol­un­teers turned out over a long week­end to suc­cess­fully clear the path. Sus­trans will now work with the lo­cal coun­cil and com­mu­nity to en­sure that the route keeps look­ing good for ev­ery­one to use and en­joy.”

Sus­trans vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Abi­gail Pound said: “Thanks to all the peo­ple who turned out to clear Route 60. Many peo­ple com­plain about the path, which was in a shock­ing state. We hope fewer peo­ple will be tempted to drop rub­bish now the route is clear.”

The Na­tional Cy­cle Net­work in­cludes over 14,000 miles of cy­cle and walk­ing routes, many of which are traf­fic-free.

Sus­trans is com­mit­ted to mak­ing it eas­ier for more peo­ple to walk and cy­cle, and man­ages some NCN routes, in­clud­ing the Fal­low­field Loop.

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Clean-up vol­un­teers with just some of the 368 bags of rub­bish col­lected from the Route 60 path be­tween the Fal­low­field Loop and Ash­ton Canal

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