Colden Common skate park gets a clean-up thanks to local store

Following a request for help by Colden Common resident Pam Glasspool, The Southern Co-operative has stepped in to fund and supply two new lidded bins for the village’s skate park.

Pam Glasspool explained why she sought help to rectify the litter problem in the park: “To visit The Southern Co-operative store in St Vigor Way, I regularly walk across the village green past the skate park where sadly there is always piles of rubbish on the ground. Picking up the litter, I saw that much of the rubbish is packaging from food and drink bought from the store the night before by the young people who gather there each evening. When I talked to them about their rubbish it was clear they are polite and responsible young adults who respect their environment as well as the brilliant refurbished skate park equipment provided by the Council. They said most of them try to keep the place clean but the broken old bins left everything open to the elements, with birds, animals and the weather helping to spread rubbish all over the place.”

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Pam added: “The council has spent a huge amount on the skate park and funds were not available for replacement bins so I made contact with The Southern Co-operative who immediately responded that they love to be involved in community projects, and they liaised with our parish council to make this happen. Residents are very grateful to The Southern Co-operative and really hope this will help keep the area good for everyone to enjoy in the future.”

Winchester City Councillor and Chair of Colden Common Parish Council, Richard Izard, said: “This is another fantastic example of The Southern Co-operative working with the community in which they already provide a valuable contribution to its on-going needs.” The Southern Co-operative also recently supported Colden Common’s Colden Core apple recipe book which has so far raised nearly £950 towards the cost of providing a toilet in the village church.

Store Manager Paul Richards summed up: “Community support is really important to The Southern Co-operative and I’m pleased that we have been able to respond to a request from one of our members and give practical support to improve the local environment.”