WIGAN town centre has been officially crowned the cleanest town centre in the North West.
The cleansing team at Wigan Council is celebrating the prestigious prize after the town centre won the ‘Clean Sweep Award 2015’ in the North West in Bloom Awards.
I’m very proud that we have won this award. We have worked in all weathers, all year round for this moment and hopefully everyone in the town centre is proud that we have got it.Jim Angeletta
The award was for the cleanest area out of more than 1,000 entrants in the North West In Bloom competition.
The prize was one of a raft of awards Wigan Borough won in this year’s North West In Bloom – including the Best City/Metropolitan Borough Award and Gold Award for the whole borough.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “A lot of hard work and graft by our cleansing team has gone into winning this award.
“The work of the team can often go unnoticed and unappreciated. So it is great to have this opportunity to say thank you and well done for their hard work and dedication in keeping the town centre clean and litter free.
“In Bloom sums up exactly what the aims of The Deal are – with residents working in partnership with the council, taking pride and responsibility for their local area and volunteering to make their communities great places to live.”
Jim Angeletta, a council neighbourhood team operative, is part of the team which is out and about in Wigan town in all weathers litter picking, disposing of fly-tipping, weeding the streets and cleaning graffiti.
Jim said: “I’m very proud that we have won this award. We have worked in all weathers, all year round for this moment and hopefully everyone in the town centre is proud that we have got it.
“I do enjoy my job and I’m proud of what I do,” he added.
Other winners In North West In Bloom included Shevington in Bloom which scooped a Gold medal and won the Preston Silver Dish in the Best Town category.
The Borough Wide Community Network received a Highly Commended award for its work in helping volunteer groups across the borough.
And smaller groups had success such as Mosley Common In Bloom which went from ‘Thriving’ to ‘Outstanding’ in the Neighbourhood Awards section.
A celebration ‘thank you’ event for all the volunteers is taking place on Thursday 12th November.