Praise for neighbours after rubbish tip clean-up

GETTING STUCK IN: Local residents, pictured at the start of the clean-up along with Ian Chalmers; Cllrs Simpson and Stoddart; Principal Environmental Health Officer Tom Hayes and Mari Williams from Keep Wales Tidy. (9745043)

GETTING STUCK IN: Local residents, pictured at the start of the clean-up along with Ian Chalmers; Cllrs Simpson and Stoddart; Principal Environmental Health Officer Tom Hayes and Mari Williams from Keep Wales Tidy. (9745043)

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A FLY-TIPPING hotspot on a Milford Haven housing estate has been blitzed in a clean-up operation led by the local community.

The privately-owned plot of land off Woodbine Way, Hakin, was considered an eyesore by locals, and had been seen as a potential health concern after it attracted rats to area.

Local residents got stuck in, working in collaboration with Keep Wales Tidy and Pembrokeshire County Council to remove the rubbish from the area neighbouring their homes.

Such was the community spirit that four men, Jamie Garrity, Sid Johnson, Nathan Goffin, and Andrew McGungle, spent Tuesday evening collecting the accumulated debris and strimmed part of the site in preparation for the following morning's big litter pick.

On Wednesday, they were also supported by Marie Garrity, Rhianne Babb, Sian Johnson, and their children.

Also helping were children Connor Babb, Aiden Garrity, Brooke Garrity, Tyler Oaten, Bridie Diablo, Layla Diablo, George Johnson, Jakob Goffin, Jayden Morgan, and Billy Garrity.

Local county councillor Viv Stoddart said: "It was an impressive example of what the community can achieve when they work together.

"I admire their hard work, and the hope is that with the community investing their time and labour in clearing the site, it will now remain litter-free.

"I am also extremely grateful to Mari Williams of Keep Wales Tidy who provided protective equipment and a skip, Pembrokeshire County Council's Tom Hayes, and Ian Chalmers of Pembs Dermaclean who all assisted with their professional expertise on the day, and to the Tidy Towns initiative."

County councillor David Simpson, cabinet member for housing said: “This was a really worthwhile effort with everybody pulling together.

"We also had the co-operation of the landowner who was frustrated at seeing his land used as a dump.

“One of the nearby residents was even kind enough to provide refreshments which were much appreciated by the workers.”

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