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Residents are jubilant after a massive clean-up effort to transform an alley blighted by anti-social behaviour proved to be a huge success. Community project the Leigh Neighbours spearheaded efforts to turn around the area on Selwyn Street which had previously suffered from fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling. Young people from the Prince’s Trust worked for 10 days to clear up the alley, much of the graft taking place in tough wintry conditions. Leigh Neighbours also arranged for officers from Wigan Council’s environmental team to install signs warning the perpetrators of environmental crime they would face consequences

Long-term residents Carol and Arthur Bate, together with their neighbours Mandy Mulcrowe and Jean Rigby, have battled for years to stay on top of the issues that made their back alley a no-go area and are understandably thrilled with the results of the makeover. “We can’t thank Leigh Neighbours, Wigan Council and of course the wonderful students of the Prince’s Trust Team Programme enough. “They worked so hard and cared so much; they are a credit to themselves and great ambassadors for young people.”

John Gredecki of Leigh Neighbours said: “This project goes to show how working in partnership can achieve great results, especially when a passion to make a difference is added to the mix. “I hope all the residents of Selwyn Street see the value of what’s been achieved and pull together by showing respect for their neighbours and pride in their community.”