Yes!!! We collected 19 Bags full of rubbish!
Year 5 pupils from St Malachys Primary School Picked up litter from around the Bank Edge Road & Turner Avenue South area on Monday 23rd of May 2022.
The pupils were supported by North Halifax Partnership’s Ward Link workers Karen Scanlon and Dan Marham and Community Warden Lee Ackroyd.
A Junior Warden scheme will start this September at St Malachy’s primary and year 5 pupils will have the opportunity to join.
Keep an eye out for more fantastic work in your neighbourhood by these young people!
Our Community Wardens have come across masses of garbage across Calderdale. Waste dumped on the roadside, hurled over walls into natural spaces, home appliances left on the road. This is Not Acceptable, it is unhygienic and furthermore it can be dangerous.
We feel very strongly about the issue of fly tipping. It is a criminal offence that carries penalties. We would however rather get the community on board with reporting such issues and advising individuals of how to dispose of their garbage responsibly.
What you can do:
If you see any fly tipping in the first instance report it to CMBC Community First. Please keep your eyes open, if you see anything please take a photo of it and then send details to Calderdale Council via Community First.
Fly tipping across Calderdale and Halifax
The images below are from incidents recorded the previous week alone.
Saturday 23 March Community wardens Lee Ackroyd, Mary Price & Ray Jackson from North East & Lower valley wards did some joint action clean up on Field Top Road, Rastrick due to local residents raising concerns about the volume of litter in the area.
The wardens litter picked the hotspot areas for litter with large amounts removed.
Residents came to speak with the Wardens to show their appreciation in cleaning up the area with one resident wanting information on how to join a community clean up in the future.
More clean up projects will be organised in the near future.
Heather Stout, Dan Marham and David McGhee from the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative organised the 4th Annual Public Services Day to be held in North Halifax this week.
Junior Wardens from Ash Green Community Primary School and Moorside Community Primary School attended the event on Wednesday 7 June at Halifax Rugby Union Ground.
Services who attended gave brief snapshots of the jobs they do in our local communities.
Service providers who attended were as follows:
- West Yorkshire Police
- West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
- West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Prevention Team
- Calderdale Council Safer Cleaner Green Team
- Calderdale Council Recycling Team
- Calderdale Council Community Wardens
- Calderdale Council Environmental Health Team
The annual event is organised so that young people can learn about some of the important work that takes place on a daily basis in and around their communities.
All the services gave fantastic demonstrations of their jobs including West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, who allowed the young people to have a good look at their vehicles and the equipment they carry.
More information and pictures!
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.
Heather Stout from the North & East Halifax Neighbourhoods team and Calderdale Council Community Warden, Ced Oakley arranged for the St. Michael and All Angels Primary School Junior Wardens to conduct speed tests on Halifax Road to see if drivers are sticking to the 30mph speed limit in the village.
Accompanied by Mrs Nalton from the school, 12 pupils took turns holding the speed gun to find out the travelling speeds of passing vehicles and although the group were at the roadside for 30 minutes, a total of 88 drivers had passed in that time.
The majority of those drivers were travelling either at or below the 30mph speed limit with an average speed of 27mph overall, but astonishingly, 25 drivers were above the 30mph speed limit with one driver recorded at a speed of 39mph.
The junior wardens were in plain sight of all drivers and gave a thumbs up to those who drove within the speed limit and a thumbs down to those who didn’t and with the majority being residents of shelf, the Junior Wardens were shocked to find drivers breaking the speed limit in their village.
All the Junior Wardens said they were going to go home and tell their parents and grandparents about the results and hope that drivers passing through Shelf will be more careful in future as a result of their speed tests.
The Junior Warden scheme at Moorside Primary School is now into its second year and is once again set to tackle issues within the Ovenden community after the young people each received a badge to wear as they go about their duties within the community.
A question and answer session attended by MP Holly Lynch and Moorside Junior Wardens was held with Safer Cleaner Greener partners at Moorside School on Wednesday 21 September to look at the role of the officer and how they can/will work in partnership with the Junior Wardens. who also received a Badge.
Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative said
“The Junior wardens are a team of children and young people dedicated to helping clean their environment and assist in trying to improve their communities.
The Wardens are very proud of the area they live in and it’s fantastic to see them wanting to make a difference for the benefit of their community at such a young age.”
The scheme began with an interview process as the new wardens were interviewed by Community Warden Ced Oakley, Karen Scanlon Ovenden Initiative and Police Community Support Officer Katie Leeman.
The wardens were asked questions such as why they wanted to become wardens and how they could help make a difference to the Ovenden Community.
A cheque for £500 from the Ward Forum Grant Scheme was also presented to the Friends of Moorside School Group to go towards the cost of a new play area for the school in 2018.
The Junior Wardens will attend and help facilitate tonight’s Ovenden Ward Forum at Moorside School so be sure to come along for your chance to look at the development of the new school for Moorside or to raise any issues or concerns you have to Ward Councillors, Police and other Partners.