Clean-up duo praised af­ter trans­form­ing lay-by

Macclesfield Express - - DRINK DRIVER WHO HIT PEDESTRIAN SPARED JAIL -

A DAD and daugh­ter have been praised for trans­form­ing a lit­ter­plagued beauty spot.

Paul Beech and his 17-year-old daugh­ter Jen­nifer were so ap­palled by the state of the road­side near Tegg’s Nose Coun­try Park they leapt into ac­tion.

The de­ter­mined duo spent an hour pick­ing up lit­ter from the well-used lay-by on Buxton New Road.

They man­aged to col­lected four bags full of waste dumped by ir­re­spon­si­ble and self­ish vis­i­tors.

Paul and Jen­nifer’s ac­tions have earned them praise on so­cial me­dia and from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil.

Paul, a post­man, said he hoped their ac­tions would in­spire oth­ers.

He said: “It’s a long lay-by which is well used by lo­cals and vis­i­tors pass­ing through be­cause of the stun­ning views. But there are no bins at all, so over months and months peo­ple have just been dump­ing it there. It’s re­ally sad.”

Paul, who is a tal­ented ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher, stopped at the lay-by at the week­end af­ter driv­ing Jen­nifer to her job at a cafe.

He said: “It’s a lovely spot and I wanted to see if I could pho­to­graph some wildlife. While I was wait­ing I looked around and I just couldn’t be­lieve how bad it was. There were cans, bot­tles, clothes, ev­ery­thing you can imag­ine, just left there.”

So af­ter work on Thurs­day, March 16, Paul and Jen­nifer, who at­tends Tyther­ing­ton School, de­cided to do some­thing about it.

Paul, who lives in the town cen­tre, shared be­fore and af­ter pho­to­graphs of their handy work on so­cial me­dia and was in­un­dated with praise.

He said: “I didn’t do it to be thanked, I just got up and did some­thing about a prob­lem. I wanted to share with peo­ple what a lit­tle ef­fort can make.

“You shouldn’t al­ways wait around for some­one else to do some­thing.”

Paul Beech and his daugh­ter Jen­nifer

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