Winter Works to smarten up where you live


A week of action designed to spruce up every ward in Plymouth will be taking place over winter as part of a pilot scheme.

The Winter Works programme is being launched to give residents more of a say about improvements to the environment where they live.

The project will target all 20 wards from 9 October right the way through until March. All councillors will put forward a list of actions that could take place during a week in each ward, informed by residents’ views.

The initiative will concentrate on activities that do not form part of scheduled grounds maintenance works. This could include:

  • path edging
  • hot-power washing
  • graffiti removal
  • painting
  • stream clearance
  • additional cutbacks of vegetation
  • tree work
  • additional weeding

The council is dedicating one action team for a week in each ward. Ward councillors will talk to their residents and agree the work with the team.

Council leader Ian Bowyer said: “We are committing three members of staff on the ground in each of the wards for a week over winter.”

“We carry out hundreds of services all day every day, but we know that people feel particularly strongly about the environment where they live.”

“We want this scheme to help more people feel that they can connect and talk to their councillors.”

The Winter Works was launched on 25 September at Full Council, with work starting on 9 October in the leader’s ward of Eggbuckland.

This Winter Works scheme complements the recent Tidy Team announcement [http://plymouthnewsroom.co.uk/new-tidy-team-tackle-list/]. Winter Works is different because it involves councillors identifying and directing priority work for their neighbourhood. The work programme will move between each area across the city at dedicated times between October and March.

All our ward councillors contact details are available on our website. https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/councillorscommitteesandmeetings/findyourcouncillor