Porthmadog's Community Pride

Date: 04/02/2019

Around 25 local Porthmadog residents and volunteers came together by the inner harbour of Llyn Bach recently to collect carelessly discarded and windblown litter.

The event was one of a number of litter-picks completed by local residents in recent years, with the latest event being led by local Porthmadog-East Councillor, Nia Wyn Jeffreys.

Councillor Jeffreys said: "Thanks to everyone who came to help. We collected a lot of litter which included some unexpected items, such as a car head-rest and a fishing rod. The group would like to thank Tidy Towns and also the Council's Street Cleaning staff who disposed of the rubbish as well as recycling a number of cans and bottles.”

Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal Affairs, said: “A big thank you to the many Porthmadog residents who went litter-picking on a cold winter’s morning. These efforts show how important community pride is in maintaining the health and wellbeing of our communities. 

“It also clearly demonstrates that it is unacceptable to discard waste in our fragile environment."

Thanks also goes to Port Café for providing a well-earned panad and cake following the group’s effort.

Those who discard litter in a public place are committing a crime. Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500.

For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start your own community group contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to trefitaclus@gwynedd.llyw.cymru if you’d like to request a community pack.

Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns scheme is funded by a Welsh Government grant which aims to improve Wales’ local environment.

Photograph: Some of the volunteers who took part, with the Councillor Nia Wyn Jeffreys on the right in the blue cap.