Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Tidy Wales Awards 2016 present an opportunity for passengers and local members of the public to acknowledge the work put in to improve Prestatyn Station since it was adopted by volunteers in 2013, by voting on the Arriva Trains Wales’ . The voting period opens on Monday 6 June and closes Wednesday 31 August 2016.
Voting for the ‘Tidy Wales Awards’ begins in the same week as National Volunteers Week , which celebrates the work done by volunteers throughout the UK. Arriva Trains Wales works closely with more than 200 volunteers through its ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme.
The scheme, set up by Arriva Trains Wales in 2004, aims to improve their links with local communities and customers living near railway stations. It encourages members of the public to provide regular feedback on the conditions of the stations to ensure they are kept in the best possible condition.
Similar to the ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ scheme; ‘station adopters’ report on matters that may need addressing such as litter, graffiti, vandalism or faulty lighting by filling in a survey form for the local Station Manager. Any issues brought up by the volunteers are then dealt with by Arriva’s own maintenance teams. Where opportunities allow, many volunteers also tend to station gardens, some of which have been recognised in National awards.
Speaking on behalf of Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station, Sherry Edwards said:
“We’d love passengers to vote as it is recognition of all the hard work our volunteers have put in to improve Prestatyn Station. The scheme is a great way of bringing the community together and our close relationship with Arriva and the work we do on the ground ensures that Prestatyn always makes a good first impression to visitors. My fellow volunteers and I conduct regular litter picks, and in the summer months we tend the plants and make sure they are kept well watered. Last year we planted more than 5000 bulbs and regularly tend the beautiful wooden planters on the station.