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Take pride in your doorstep - says councillor

Created on 18/01/2018 @ 19:54
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Taking pride in your doorstep, as they did up until the 1950s, could help enhance the cleanliness of Newtown, says a Powys county councillor.

Powys county councillor for Newtown West and Llanllwchaiarn, Mark Barnes, is asking for residents to do a little in return for impressive results in a proposed ‘Scrub Your Own Step’ campaign.

Cllr Barnes says he feels that if residents could revisit the way that people in the 1950s looked after the area in front of their homes and recreate that today, "a lot could be achieved, not only in Newtown but across the county."

Cllr Barnes said: "Post war, people didn’t have much but what they did have they were very proud of, this resulted in sweeping and tidying the pavements and the more iconic image of people scrubbing their own doorsteps” Mark added “Doorstep scrubbing is a bit extreme but if everyone could just pick up the rubbish,  mess and weeds outside their homes it would make a major difference to the whole town."

He said his view that there are a lot of good news stories to come out of Powys County Council in the coming year, but cash is very tight.  He said said in a statement he feels that if people want their community to look its best "we all must play a part and not expect that PCC will always be able to offer the results that we all want for our towns."

He added: “It would take five minutes a week to have a quick tidy of the public area directly to the front of our homes but if everyone did this, soon whole streets would be clean."

Cllr Barnes is asking people to also take to media and share their views on the results that Scrub Your Own Step could deliver using hashtag #scrubyourstep.

He is also hoping that other Powys councillors will consider this campaign in their wards across Powys.

Photo: Cllr Marke Barnes

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