THE Drynham ward in Trowbridge is one of the town's cleanest, according to councillors and volunteers who helped out on litter picks over the weekend.

Groups of Conservative and Liberal Democrat town councillors and volunteers went out on Sunday to pick up litter and discarded waste.

The new mayor of Trowbridge, Cllr Denise Bates, joined her colleague Cllr Andrew Bryant to hosted a Liberal Democrat litter pick with volunteers on Sunday and then held a joint surgery on Monday.

Cllr Bryant said: “We are very grateful to the staff and pupils of Holbrook Primary School who have been extremely supportive in allowing us to continue our surgery on their premises.

“Both the litter pick and surgery are fantastic opportunities for us to meet with residents and to pick up new case work across the ward, although residents are very welcome to call or email at any time.

“Details of future litter picks and surgeries can be found on our dedicated Drynham website:”

Cllr Bates was recently elected as the new mayor of Trowbridge and hopes to see major progress across the ward in the coming years.

This includes works to pavements along Drynham Road, improvements to the Queen Elizabeth II play area and the councillors’ continued efforts to tackle traffic issues across the ward.

The mayor said: “We were very grateful for the support of Trowbridge Town Council’s Neighbourhood Services team during our litter pick.

“I expect we will see a lot more of them in the ward as Wiltshire Council seeks to asset transfer more services to the Town Council.”

The local Trowbridge Conservative group also staged a litter pick in Drynham over the weekend with help from staff at McDonald's as part of their ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign.

Group leader Cllr Antonio Piazza said: “We teamed up with staff from McDonald’s Trowbridge and volunteers from the Trowbridge Environmental Community group to complete two litter picks in the Drynham ward and a bit of Longfield.

“We also had a few Trowbridge Conservative members join us too who were keen to promote this weekend’s campaign to clean up the community.

“Drynham this weekend is definitely the cleanest ward in Trowbridge, not that I’m biased.

“I grew up in the area at Wiltshire Drive and went to Holbrook Primary School, so I want to see this area thrive and I’m determined to work hard to deliver on this.

“However, it doesn’t stop in Drynham. We all need to work together and I’ll be going to other events all over Trowbridge.”

He added: “We owe a lot to Phil, Damion, and the amazing hardworking staff at McDonald’s Trowbridge who we teamed up with to do a fair few hours of litter picking in Drynham and Longfield.

“The team at McDonald’s have a healthy positive team spirit going on so deserve so much praise for what they’re doing - their work ethic is incredible."

On Sunday, the Trowbridge Environmental Community group led by Matthew Callaway also turned up to touch up other bits of Drynham and Longfield litter pickers had missed the day before.

Cllr Piazza added: “We owe so much to these volunteers who do so much for the town. They also organise a litter pick on the first Sunday of every month.

“I’ve just signed up as a member of the group and I’d encourage anyone keen on wanting to do some real good in the town to join. “

You can sign up here: