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Following a highly successful event in 2018, the Keep Oban Beautiful (KOB) group are once again urging townspeople to ‘Pick a Patch’ to clean at the end of the month.
Businesses, streets, groups, clubs, individuals and other organisations are being invited to dedicate the week, culminating March 30-31, to the Oban Spring Clean 2019.
The group hopes to get as many local businesses on board as possible and Maurice Wilkins, Claire Rizos and other volunteers from KOB are inviting anyone else interested in helping with the town-wide event to get in touch with others from their chosen ‘Patch’ and sign up to the event using the details below.
‘There is no point blaming all the litter problems in the town on the council,’ said Mr Wilkins. ‘If everyone makes an effort to do something about it then this town will look beautiful again.
‘In an ideal world we wouldn’t have to have an Oban Spring Clean as everyone, including businesses, schools, tourists and members of the community, along with the local authority, would all do their bit to make sure our streets are clean and tidy.
‘Until then, however, it’s great that the community all join together for this event.’
Litter picking equipment will be available for loan during the weekend from Rockfield Community Centre, which will once again be the event’s hub.
Support is also coming from the GRAB Trust, a charitable social enterprise that has been backing activities linked to litter and recycling in Argyll and Bute for 20 years.
‘We are really pleased to be able to support this event again this year and look forward to seeing the town getting involved in Keeping Oban Beautiful,’ said GRAB Trust project worker Terry Donovan.
‘I am contacting schools in the town and youth groups, like the Guides and Scouts, along with the air and sea cadets to see if they would like to get involved and take on one of the litter hot spots.
‘I will also be getting in touch with the nurseries to make sure they are all aware of what will be going on and take part if they are able.’
‘The GRAB Trust will be hosting a marquee in station square on the Saturday as an information point.’
People taking part are also being encouraged to take before and after pictures over the weekend to show off the difference they make.
Argyll and Bute Council have once again been asked to provide a cage basket to collect the rubbish which will be picked up on the Monday.
Anyone interested in supporting Keep Oban Beautiful’s Spring Clean should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07891 543540.