When Lochmaben lost its street cleaner 18 months ago concerns were raised that the rubbish would pile up, despite the alternative measures put in place.
And so tomorrow at 10.30 am a group of thoughful locals will be armed with litter pickers and bags to spruce up the streets.
Community groups didn’t have much confidence in the mechanical sweeper and new arrangements. Since the change there have been many complaints locally.
Vice-chairman of the community council Tony Hancock said: “The mechanical sweeper, whilst being able to keep the centre of the street clean, would be unable to clean the kerbside due to the high percentage of parking both on the High Street and
“Fears that this would lead to an increase in litter in the town have been realised.”
To tackle the issue The Lochmaben Initiative, TARA, The Castle Loch Community Trust and Lochmaben Community
Council came together to organise a weekend litter pick.
Chairwoman of the community council Pam Linton said: “We have been monitoring the issue of litter in the town since the loss of the street cleaner and decided to take action.
“It is our intention to have a monthly litter pick during the summer months for the foreseeable future.”