Darvel Improvement Group member George Gardner litter picking in Morton Park with Greener Communities

East Ayrshire gets a good Spring clean

Towns and villages across East Ayrshire are cleaner, greener and more vibrant after being treated to a good Spring clean recently.

The Greener Communities team joined forces with the local community, Vibrant Communities, Cleaner Communities, the Corporate Enforcement Unit and the Risk Management Centre’s mobile CCTV unit to clean up litter and tackle environmental crime including fly tipping.

Each day the taskforce worked between 8am and 10am power washing the streets within Cumnock and Kilmarnock town centre. They cleaned under bins and street furniture, removing cigarette ends and generally removing any grime and dirt from our streets. Additional street sweepers were drafted in to help with the deep clean, mechanically sweeping the pavements.

Our green spaces also received some TLC with litter picks being carried out at Morton Park in Darvel and Howard Park in Kilmarnock. Special thanks are extended to Mr George Gardner from Darvel, who regularly works with local residents collecting litter within his community and who supported Greener Communities at their recent litter pick at Morton Park.

There are two more litter picks coming up over the Easter long weekend and Greener Communities would appreciate the support of the local community on Saturday 16 April between 9am and 11am at Kay Park in Kilmarnock and Woodroad Park in Cumnock. Anyone who wishes to participate will be made very welcome and will be provided with litter pickers and rubbish bags.

Blair Millar, Head of Housing and Communities said: “Working in partnership with our communities is key to the success of Spring Clean week and to tackling littering and environmental crime. It is heartening to see people taking time out of their busy lives to work with our employees and keep their communities clean, green and vibrant.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in Spring Clean week for their hard work and for ensuring that East Ayrshire is looking great for the local community and for visitors. I hope that even more people will come out on Saturday 16 April for the litter picks at Kay Park and Woodroad Park, even just half an hour out of your day would make a big difference.”