The Andover Town Centre Partnership (ATCP) is delighted to announce the success of the inaugural Town Tidy Day yesterday (Thursday 16th April 2015).
The Tidy Day encompassed a range of events involving local businesses and the local community including a Litter Pick and River Cleanse, as well as Street Furniture painting and improvements to key areas of concern.
The event was sponsored by local firm Simply Health, who also provided a team of staff to join the litter pick and also organised the River Cleanse. Other town centre businesses who joined on the day included Andover Framing, David Mellor Family Jewellers, Valley Leisure and Oaktree Business Management.
Town Centre Manager, Chris Gregory, said: “Part of the work of the Town Centre Partnership is to improve the appearance and attractiveness of the town and what better way than to take direct action to improve some very visible issues.”
“We were overjoyed with the turnout of businesses, residents and organisations which meant that we collected over 40 refuse sacks from difficult to reach areas or those within private ownership.”
Mark Hamson, spokesperson for Simplyhealth commented: “We were pleased to sponsor Town Tidy Day. The event was a great way to bring together businesses that are local to Andover and members of the community for the benefit of the town.”
Local campaigner and Point of Light award winner, Manuela Wahnon, who played a key role in organising the event, added: “I would like to thank Test Valley Environmental Services and the Clean Team for providing the equipment and support for this event, as well as all of the volunteers who enabled us to make such an impact. Finally, I need to thank Councillor Graham Stallard, the Environmental Portfolio Holder for arranging a special collection of a large pile of rubbish we discovered.”
A total of 320 kg was collected from the the river clean immediately after the Town Tidy with 150 kg from the town (22 bags).