New clean up group takes action in Mixenden

At the March Ward Forum meeting in Mixenden, local resident Caeia March raised concerns over the amount of litter and fly tipping on her usual walking routes throughout Mixenden and said she would like help in setting up a clean up group for the area that local residents and young people could get involved in to help make the community a cleaner place to live for themselves and future generations.

CMBC Community Warden, Lee Ackroyd and Ward Link Worker Dan Marham met with Caeia and a friend to discuss the project in greater detail and put together a plan moving forward.

On Saturday 29th June 2019 Caeia and the residents clean up group were joined by Community wardens Lee Ackroyd & Ray Jackson along with Ward link worker Dan Marham of North Halifax Partnership and Ward Councillors Lisa Lambert, Dan Sutherland and Stephanie Clarke.

The group met outside Mixenden Library at 10.45am before heading up the road to Mixenden Stones where they began the clean up action throughout the wooded area all the way to the exit opposite Bake N Butties.

The clean up lasted around 90mins in which time 12 bags of rubbish were removed including general litter, plastic items and carpet. Youngsters Jack and George who got involved said they had fun on their trail which included a bit of Balsam Bashing along the way.

This was the first litter pick that had been organised by the group but one that was a great success.

More clean ups will be arranged and the clean up group hopes that even more residents will join in with future clean ups to help keep their area clean and tidy.

Partners clean up Mount Pellon Community

On Thursday 23 March, partners from Calderdale Councils Safer Cleaner Greener team, Community Wardens, West Yorkshire Fire Service and staff from the North & East Halifax Neighbourhoods team got together for a community Spring Clean around the streets of Mount Pellon.

Students from Leeds and Wakefield colleges studying public services also got involved with the clean up and accompanied West Yorkshire Fire Service as part of their work experience.

Arson information leaflets were handed out in the area to make residents aware of the risks of arson when bulky waste is left in close proximity to their properties as well as information on how any bulky waste can be removed.

In total, 15 large bin bags of litter were accumulated from the roads and streets in the area.

Clean up produces 10 bags of rubbish at Beechwood Park

beechwood-park-clean-upA clean up of Beechwood Park  took place on the morning of Wednesday 12 October as partners from West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale Council and Ovenden Initiative were joined by local residents to tackle the issue.

Just one hour walking around the park with litter picks and bags at hand was enough time to produce a shocking 10 bags full of discarded litter & waste.

We would like to thank local residents who came along to help and took part in the much needed clean up.

Council clean up Lee Mount on day of Action

Clean up image 1Creating cleaner streets and green spaces was the focus of a recent day of action to tackle litter and fly-tipping in Lee Mount, Halifax.

Last week Calderdale Council went on a mission to clean up residential areas and there was a complete cleaning blitz, with a seven-strong Council team, two vans and a road sweeper taking to the streets… read more…

Nearby Shroggs Park also benefited from the clean-up action. Recently the park has seen an increase in litter, fly-tipping such as mattresses being dumped, dog fouling and overgrown hedges.

By the end of the day, the hardworking team had removed over half a tonne of litter and waste from the streets and park, and all of the areas are now back to looking neat and tidy.

Trinity Academy students get involved with Beechwood clean up

Students and teachers from Trinity Academy joined local services for a clean up at Beechwood Park and its surrounding area’s on Wednesday 13 July 2016.

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After meeting for a quick briefing and team photo the students and teachers were split into groups and each was assigned a group leader from the services involved including Calderdale Council’s Safer Cleaner Greener Team, Calderdale Council Community Warden, West Yorkshire Police and staff from Ovenden Initiative.

20160713_110460Each group were given their own areas to cover before setting off with rubbish bags and litter picks to hand ready to tackle any litter along the way.

The clean up saw various items collected from crisp packets to cables and covered Beechwood Park, Beechwood Road, Grange Avenue, Brickfield Lane and Beechwood Avenue.

Although the rain started to fall at one point, it wasn’t enough to slow down the efforts of everyone who had collected a combined total of 26 bags of rubbish.

Thank you to all services for coming along to get involved and also the teachers and students from Trinity Academy who took time out to help out at the clean up.

Moorside Junior Wardens clean up Beechwood Park

Junior Wardens and Collected LitterThe first national anti-litter campaign took place in 1953, the year of the Queen’s coronation and ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April, the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign aims to inspire people to take action and enjoy a few hours together whilst litter picking to improve the state of the communities we live in.

Wednesday 13 April saw 9 Junior Wardens from Moorside Community School get out in the community once again and together with the Calderdale SCG Partnership with the weather on their side they helped clean up Beechwood Park which saw a lot of litter collected.

PCSO's Alice Cordingley and Katie LeemanSince the start of the campaign approximately 800 bags of litter have been collected, with the biggest successes coming from removing overhanging vegetation within terraced housing areas, and removing fly-tipping which approached 17 tonnes and was made up of mattresses, settees and builders’ rubble.

Services involved were Sam Ward and Paul Calvert from the Calderdale Safer Cleaner Greener Team, West Yorkshire Police PCSO’s  Alice Cordingley and Katie Leeman, Community Warden’s Ced Oakley and David Pickard as well as Karen Scanlon and Matthew Scott Thompson from Ovenden Initiative.

Abbey Park School Parliament help Clean for the Queen

IMG_1521Pupils from the Abbey Park School Parliament continued their great work in the area and helped clean the grounds around Illingworth Moor Church as part of the Clean for the Queen Campaign on Monday 21 March 2016.

Joined by Community Warden Ced Oakley, Karen Scanlon Ovenden Initiative, Sharon Lawrance from Illingworth Moor Church and Illingworth Ward Officer PC Dave Illingworth the group set out armed with bags and litter picks to help clean up the area.

The 5 bags full of litter collected in such a short space of time was telling of how much effort the School Parliament puts in to ensuring the area is well looked after for the local community and what a fantastic job they did!

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Other projects the Abbey Park School Parliament have taken part in include a Speed Initiative Session to tackle speeding in the area alongside West Yorkshire Police as well as designed posters to tackle dog fouling in the area.