Keep Kendal Mint Clean is an ongoing campaign which aims to ensure that residents and visitors alike enjoy the benefits and pleasures our town offers in clean and tidy environs.
We appreciate and are thankful to the many Kendal residents who habitually ensure their rubbish is disposed of appropriately and especially those many dog-walkers who assiduously remove their dog’s mess whenever they take them out for their exercise.
Clean for the Queen
In March 2016 Keep Kendal Mint Clean launched itself through engaging with the national Clean for the Queen campaign in recognition of the Queens 90th birthday.
50+ volunteers including 10 Town Councillors and people representing Kendal and South Westmorland Rotary Clubs, the Civic Society, Fellside and Greenside Forum and Chestnuts Events took part over the weekend. As a result 100+ sackfuls of rubbish along with assorted items such as tyres, bicycle wheels, hub caps and hoovers have been cleared from pathways, yards, hedgerows, shrubbery and ditches such as….
- Town centre from Market Place along Highgate, Kirkland and returning along Dowker’s Lane,
- Grass verges along the A591 ‘visitor route’ into Kendal from Brettagh Holt to the town’s boundary at Shenstone,
- Westmorland General Hospital grounds and the grass verges of the Burton Road adjacent to the hospital,
- Shap Road area, another ‘visitor route’ into town, an area devastated by the December floods,
- Canal Pathway between Burton Road and Kirkbie Kendal School,
- Greenside and Fellside.
- Area near County Offices
In addition school children from two of the town’s primary schools, Ghyllside and Stramongate undertook litter picks around their school grounds.
We are indebted to everyone who demonstrated their civic pride and community spirit through these events, and also to the many passersby who encouraged us in our efforts. Looking to the future of the ‘Keep Kendal Mint Clean’ campaign we look forward to harnessing the constructive support of like-minded groups and individuals who share our enthusiasm for the town.
Schools KKMC Poster and Logo Competitions
During March 2016 we organised competitions for the town’s school children. Children from primary schools were asked to design a ‘Litter’ Poster whilst children from secondary schools were challenged to design a KKMC Logo. Two proud children, Amelie Coxon and Lewis Friar, from Dean Gibson School and Sandgate school respectively were presented with their framed entries by Kendal Town Mayor Chris Hogg in the Mayor’s Parlour. The winning Logo entry by Abigail Cragg from Kirkbie Kendal School will hopefully used in a variety of formats to increase public awareness of our collective responsibilities for keeping Kendal clean and tidy.
Community Litter Picks
KKMC would like to encourage community and neighbourhood groups to organise litter picks in their own localities. As a consequence of the Clean for the Queen week-end KTC has 40+ litter pickers in storage and invite local voluntary groups to borrow these along with some high-viz jackets. Please contact the Town Council 01539 793490 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in organising your local community litter pick.
We have asked Kendal residents to help us in locating areas in the town that are prone to gathering litter. In order to see the scale of the problems around the town we have plotted these on a map.
Clearly, this will be a changing picture and we would appreciate the ongoing support of the Kendal community in keeping this picture up-to-date. As above please contact the Town Council office if you observe any problematic areas.
Litter/ Dog-poop bins
It would also be helpful if residents could identify the need for additional litter bins in specific locations around the town and locations where dog walkers appear to be especially lax in clearing up the mess that their pets leave behind.
However, please understand that KKMC and all its activities are undertaken by volunteers and we cannot promise that your concerns will be alleviated immediately. If you would like to be included in the KKMC Support group and help with Community Litter picks etc please let the Town Council office know.
Long Term Objective
The eventual success of Keep Kendal Mint Clean should not be measured by the number or frequency of ‘community litter’ picks but by the absence of them due to the ongoing improvement in the cleanliness of our town. We do not assume it is going to happen overnight!
Thank you for supporting our efforts to Keep Kendal Mint Clean!
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