Community champions tackle flytipping in Preston

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Norman Chapple, 90, of Browning Rd, Preston, has cleared the alley behind his home for the last 20 years. He's even been given a plaque by the council for the best kept ginnel
Photo Neil Cross Norman Chapple, 90, of Browning Rd, Preston, has cleared the alley behind his home for the last 20 years. He's even been given a plaque by the council for the best kept ginnel
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In Preston, community champions have been taken matters into their own hands to tackle rubbish and flytipping close to where they live.

Grandfather-of-nine Norman Chapple has cleaned the alley behind his home in Browning Road, Ribbleton, for the last 20 years.

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Kenny Deverson got so sick of fly-tipping and rats in the alley behind his house, in Ribbleton, he's taken matters into his own hands and sorted it himself

Photo Neil Cross Kenny Deverson got so sick of fly-tipping and rats in the alley behind his house, in Ribbleton, he's taken matters into his own hands and sorted it himself

The 90-year-old even has a plaque outside his home, which states the ginnel was awarded Beacon Back Alley status in 2012.

He said: “I go out more or less every day and I do whatever needs doing.

“It’s easier to do it yourself than waiting. We’ve had trouble with alleyways, but we sorted it out by ourselves.”

Norman worked as a window cleaner for 50 years before he retired 20 years ago, when he began his project in the alley behind his home.

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His wife Vera, 81, said: “I don’t know why he started, I think he just got fed up with people mucking up the area.

“He’s doing a good job, I think people appreciate it in the long run.”

Elsewhere in Preston, off New Hall Lane, grandfather Kenny Deverson has also taken matters into his own hands to tackle fly-tipping.

He spends his free time cleaning and revamping the alley behind his home, despite working six days a week.

Photo Neil Cross
Norman Chapple, 90, of Browning Rd, Preston, has cleared the alley behind his home for the last 20 years. He's even been given a plaque by the council for the best kept ginnel

Photo Neil Cross Norman Chapple, 90, of Browning Rd, Preston, has cleared the alley behind his home for the last 20 years. He's even been given a plaque by the council for the best kept ginnel