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Local authorities receive funding to improve local environment

Local authorities are sharing Welsh Government grants totalling £816,229 to improve their local environment. Across the country, 56 Tidy Towns projects will receive funding to tackle litter, fly-tipping, dog fouling, graffiti and invasive species of plants.
Tuesday 17 July 2012

Commenting on the grants, Environment Minister, John Griffiths, said:

"I am delighted to announce funding for these projects around Wales. These grants are another example of my commitment to improve the local environments of people living in Welsh cities, towns and villages.

"During difficult economic times it can be tempting for governments and local authorities to focus on economic priorities and forget about environmental or social commitments.

"But in Wales, we believe that our economic, social and environmental wellbeing are intrinsically linked. This is what our commitment to sustainable development recognises. The grants I am announcing today will contribute to ordinary people seeing a change for the better in their communities I applaud the work being carried out by local authorities and look forward to the opportunity to visiting some of the projects."

Projects include: 

  • £20,000 for a county-wide litter and dog fouling awareness and clean-up campaign in Neath Port Talbot
  • £19,686 to buy chewing gum removal equipment for Wrexham 
  • £10,000 for new signage to say that 400 litter bins in Gwynedd now accept dog waste
  • Educational roadshows for schools in Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Ceredigion and Newport.

The Government received 104 bids from 19 local authorities. Applications were assessed by an independent assessment panel and were limited to a maximum of £30,000.

Developing the Tidy Towns scheme, to develop an integrated local environment improvement package, is a Programme for Government action.

 

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