Forfar residents restore pride with clean-up

20160609- LRP Action Group Litter Pick'Lordburn, Restenneth and Pitreuchie Action Group members pictured at the start of their litter pick. ''� Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.
20160609- LRP Action Group Litter Pick'Lordburn, Restenneth and Pitreuchie Action Group members pictured at the start of their litter pick. ''� Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

A new sense of pride is being restored in the east end of Forfar with the resurrected Lordburn, Restenneth and Pitreuchie Action Group.

Members have been meeting monthly and on Thursday took to the streets to clean up the area with a litter pick.

The volunteers filled a trailer with bags of rubbish, from crisp packets and empty bottles to bike parts and sweet cartons.

Rab Cownie, acting secretary, said: “There was quite a lot of kids who took part.

“Sometimes the play area has sweet cartons and plastic bottles lying around. There are plenty of bins so hopefully they will realise what dropping litter means.

“We also had a number of new members of the community and we are hoping to get them involved in future community events.

“The only problem is we don’t have some place where we can all go and meet but we are hoping that we can get something.

“We also noted that, at the back of Restenneth, someone had emptied all the bins which we have now reported to the council.

“If we hadn’t been doing the litter pick we wouldn’t have noticed it and it could have attracted rats.”

Group members are also working behind the scenes to improve the amenities in the area.

They have purchased two picnic benches which will be placed in the Lordburn playpark, which is being upgraded by Angus Council.

Rab concluded: “We are holding our annual general meeting in July and we would hope to attract more committee members and young members.”

The group has signed up to Angus Council’s Clean Up pledge.

Members thank everyone who took part in the litter pick as well as Greggs, B and Ms and First Stop to Shop for donating refreshments.

The action group was formed in 2008 to create a sense of community and pride in the Lordburn, Pitreuchie and Restenneth areas.

A number of litter pick-up and community events were held with the residents joining together to tackle issues on their doorsteps.

It was on the brink of folding last year until three members stepped in to resurrect it.