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Whiting Bay and Districts Improvements Association have been gives a number of items that can be used by the group during their regular voluntary litter picking sessions by North Ayrshire Council.
Supporting the endeavours of the volunteers, the council’s Streetscene team and the enforcement team presented members with a festival cart, litter pickers and high visibility vests.
Association chairman Eric Kay said: ‘Our monthly clean-ups in Whiting Bay are well supported by local residents of all ages and also regular visitors. We very much appreciate the support of North Ayrshire Council’s Streetscene team, who have backed our endeavours with practical support, advice and guidance.’
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for place, said: ‘We would like to thank the volunteers for all of the hard work they do in keeping the area clean and tidy, and we hope that the new equipment will help to lighten the load and encourage others to get involved.’
While on the island, the enforcement team spent some time investigating several environmental offences, as well as monitoring known areas where irresponsible dog owners exercise their dogs.
Some new signage was also installed to warn against the offence of throwing litter from vehicles.
A rise in incidents of fly posting was noted during the visit, and the team would like to take the opportunity to remind any potential advertisers that they could be issued with a fixed penalty notice for attaching anything to roadside structures owned and maintained by North Ayrshire Council.
If in doubt about what is permitted or not contact the team for advice on EnvironmentalEnforcementTeam@north-ayrshire.gov.uk
North Ayrshire Council’s John Dunlop (far left), Paolo Onofrio (second right) and Sharon Cruickshanks (not pictured) meet with members of Whiting Bay and Districts Improvements Association. No_B29EET01