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Tidy Team adds two new members

Driffield Town Council has welcomed two new members to its Tidy Team in its bid to ensure Driffield town centre is clean, tidy and welcoming for visitors and shoppers to enjoy.

Peter Shannon and David Dale have joined existing members Chris Brotherton, Andy Wilson and Rob Flake to enable the team to extend the services it provides.

Members of Driffield Town Council’s Tidy Team are familiar faces throughout the town as they carry out a host of duties.

Attracting visitors and encouraging residents to use their own town centre rather than shop elsewhere, comes with a commitment that when people do arrive, they are met with a town clean, free of litter, weeds and vandalised areas.

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Their varied roles include gritting in the winter; maintaining and emptying litter bins; street cleansing, grass and hedge cutting; running the market; the allotments and street furniture; and town council events such as the Christmas light switch on, to name but a few.

The new members will have a focus on keeping the town centre clean and free of rubbish and will take on new roles, such as cleaning of public conveniences, which have previously been contracted out.

Driffield town clerk Claire Binnington said: “Over the last year, the Town Council has worked hard with partners to attract more visitors to the town, with projects such as the Umbrella Plaza.

“In the aftermath of the pandemic, it was vital that every possible effort was made to ensure that the town could emerge stronger than ever and we feel that in the most part we have succeeded.

“However, attracting visitors and encouraging residents to use their own town centre rather than shop elsewhere, comes with a commitment that when people do arrive, they are met with a town clean, free of litter, weeds and vandalised areas.

“The main aim of this additional recruitment is to ensure that we have one operative in the town centre between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, ensuring our town centre is sparkling, that our public toilets are clean and that all approach roads from the car parks are clean and free of rubbish and that visitors feel welcomed.

“Indeed, we do this not just for visitors, but also for our residents, who deserve a town centre to be proud of.”

Claire added that a further advantage of the new team members is the varied skill sets they have brought with them, which will mean that even more projects and general everyday work can be kept in-house.

She said: “The team will now take over the cleaning of the public conveniences in North Street and Cross Hill during the week and indeed, they are about to embark on a redecoration and refurbishment of both blocks.

“Various activities that were contracted out now can be delivered by our team.

“As the summer moves on, various major projects have been identified around the town for the team to deliver and we very much welcome Peter and David and look forward to a bright future working together for Driffield.”

Chair of Driffield Town Council’s personnel committee Cllr Paul Rounding said: “This is a great investment for Driffield. We had originally planned to take on one additional member, however the calibre of the candidates was so good we have appointed two.

“The town council has so many projects ongoing and has taken some services in-house that we have lots of work for the new team.

“The lads are so enthusiastic and keen and will be a great asset for Driffield as we continue to make the town more welcoming and appealing for visitors and residents.”

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