Ashington Town Councillors Pauline Thompson and Jim Lang have been out litter picking around the town.

Cllr. Thompson (Hirst ward) has recently tidied a stretch of the A197 running from the Woodhorn roundabout to the town centre with her son Graeme.

Adhering to social distance guidance, further volunteer litter picks have taken place over the past few days supported by Cllr. Jim Lang (County and Town Councillor for the Seaton Ward). Following recent coverage on social media a number of residents came along to support the effort including a number from the Ashington Hirst Running Club and North Seaton Colliery Allotment Association. Areas that have been targeted include Castle Island Way and Paddock Wood.  

Cllr. Thompson said ‘As a Councillor I know that litter annoys and frustrates many residents. The Town Council, in partnership with the County Council, is working to address this issue together with fly tipping and we encourage everyone not to drop litter, use litter bins and think of the environment’.

Cllr. Lang added ‘It has been encouraging to see volunteers from our community coming to join us and we thank them for their efforts in helping us improve the environment of our town’.

In November, a campaign commenced in the Hirst ward highlighting the issue of fly tipping. Dumping rubbish is illegal and it could lead to a £400 fine if you get a fixed penalty notice. The Town Council and Northumberland County Council are jointly working to provide environmental enforcement in Ashington with Environmental Enforcement Officers having increased presence in the town.

Ashington Town Council, as in recent years, will take part in the Keep Britain Tidy - Great British Spring Clean Campaign and will organise a number of community litter picks around the town, Covid-19 dependent. The Campaign is due to commence in May – keep an eye on the Town Council website for more information.

To report fly tipping or request litter removal in your area visit  Northumberland County Council - Report