Residents urged to clean up their act

Atherton firefighters helped residents clean up parts of Milton Close and Keats Close in the Poets Corner of the estate, also checking smoke alarms were in good working order
Atherton firefighters helped residents clean up parts of Milton Close and Keats Close in the Poets Corner of the estate, also checking smoke alarms were in good working order
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FIREFIGHTERS launched an estate clean-up last week to avoid anti-social behaviour and unwanted bin blazes in the Bonfire Night run up.

Blue Watch crews from Atherton Community Fire Station spent the day on the Poet’s Corner estate in Hag Fold, encouraging residents to clear debris and rubbish into skips as part of an Operation Treacle day of action.

Providing free skips in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Housing (WALH), it comes as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) bosses are urging people to bring in their bins to protect themselves this autumn.

Watch Manager Andy Leyland said that, with Bonfire Night here, the service wanted to help keep the community safe.

So, as part of the Treacle campaign, it had organised a day of action to remind people to think about their rubbish and bins.

He said: “There have been a number of wheelie-bin and rubbish fires in the area so we provided skips to help residents dispose of unwanted items and rubbish for 
free.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night so our advice is to bring in your bins and keep them safe, at least a metre away from homes and fences and also organised events are the safest way to celebrate Bonfire Night.”

The campaign is designed to prevent, tackle and protect against anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and reducing incidents and injuries during the Halloween and Bonfire period.

Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, 10 local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive.

Firefighters wrote to residents on the Poets Corner estate offering the services of the free skips, which were manned by caretakers from WALH and were available to residents on Keats Close and Milton Close for a full day.

In addition, the crew carried out a number of Home Safety Checks on the streets of the estate, offering fire safety advice and, where appropriate the fitting of free smoke alarms.

GMFRS’ Operational Support Unit, which is based at Atherton Fire Station acted as a community hub during the day of action and GMFRS volunteers were also on hand to help in clearing the rubbish.

Residents on the following streets were invited to take advantage of the free skips: Blake Avenue, Browning Avenue and Walk, Burns Avenue, Byron Grove, Keats Close, Cowper Avenue, Chaucer Grove, Wordsworth Avenue, Shelley Walk, Milton Close, and Spa Road.

Wigan and Leigh Housing Tenant Board Member for the Atherton area Marjorie Marsden said: “Days like these are important to our communities as they help provide tenants and residents with a safer, cleaner place to live in and instil a sense of pride in the local area.”