Tain residents muck in to spring clean local community

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Yesterday (Monday 16 May) local residents in Tain came out in force to take part in the Mansfield Estate Big Clean Up Day which brought together volunteers, employees from the Tain Co-op and council staff to work side by side to spruce up the area.

Leading up to the spring clean the residents group have worked closely with the local councillors and council staff to draw up an action plan on jobs to be tackled and then put out a request for people to come along and lend a hand.

Skips were provided and were soon filled with unwanted items from homes and gardens while other volunteers tackled the weeds along the footpaths, collected litter and painted the communal bin stores.

Sandra Grant, Chair of the Residents Group and Tain Co-operative Community Champion did a great job rallying volunteers and at the end of a busy day said:  “A big thanks to everyone who turned up to help and for the council on backing our community’s tidy-up scheme.  Many hands make light work and it was great to see people pulling together.  With the bins emptied, weeds removed, a lick of paint and gardens emptied the whole area looks a lot better. We worked hard to get the new playpark opened last year so it’s good that the surrounding area now looks better and somewhere people will want to spend time in.”

All three local councillors came along to show their support and lend a hand.  Councillor Fiona Robertson said: “The Community raised their concerns about how the estate was looking and it has been great to see people working together to make a difference.  Future plans include developing a local hub on the estate which will not only bring people together but build on the enthusiasm and hard work of the volunteers.”

Councillor Jamie Stone added: “It’s been so encouraging to see the estate pull together like this and I’m sure all this enthusiasm bodes well for future community projects.”

 

 

 

 

17 May 2016
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