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24th May, 09:00am


Residents, businesses and community groups are being urged to join forces for a new initiative - the ‘2013 Cockermouth Spring Clean’.

Organised by Town Centre Manager Joe Broomfield from Allerdale Borough Council, in partnership with Riversmeet Community Cooperative and Cockermouth and District Civic Trust, the event will take place on Friday 24 May from 10am.

Joe said: “The Council’s Streetscene teams do a brilliant job – in fact, I regularly hear praise for Walter McDonald and Cyril Walker who are very familiar faces on the streets of Cockermouth – but there is always room for improvement. I certainly feel that some of the road signs would benefit from a spring clean.

“The Council’s Streetscene team will be cleaning the big, hard-to-reach signs in the town centre and on the gateways into the town, and we will also co-ordinate the cleaning of smaller road signs in residential areas. Several members of the Civic Trust and Riversmeet have already volunteered to help out on the day and we would welcome any further offers to get involved.

“Through the combined efforts of the Council and those volunteering the Spring Clean should result in a big improvement to the look of Cockermouth. If the day goes well this is something that we will look to do in other towns across Allerdale.”

Phil Campbell, Chair of Cockermouth Civic Trust, said: “The Civic Trust has been working continually for improvements to our town centre and we welcome the opportunity to work with our Town Centre Manager and Riversmeet on this Spring Clean day.”

Frank McGrath, one of the founders of Riversmeet, said: “We are delighted to actively support this initiative. Riversmeet members intend to make the Spring Clean a success and we hope this will be the first of many collaborations to enhance our local environment.”

The headquarters for the Cockermouth Spring Clean will be the Riversmeet Community Resource Centre, next to the Town Hall, in Market Street, Cockermouth. Cleaning materials and free refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. To get involved, email joe.broomfield@allerdale.gov.uk or call 01900 702568.