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.
Calderdale Council’s’ Recycling Team Adviser, Chris Crossley, visited St. Michael and All Angels CE Primary School Junior Wardens on Monday 16 January to explain the importance of recycling and the negative effect it can have on our environment and wildlife if we fail to do so.
In the session organised by Heather Stout, Ovenden Initiative, Chris showed the junior wardens the kind of things they can recycle. There was a good discussion about recycling other things from home and how a lot of containers can be reused around the house.
She also explained that all councils now have targets to meet and that Calderdale no longer sends any rubbish to go to landfill.
The session included a brief history lesson on how some of our ideas for how we recycle today came about during World War 2. Chris also showed the Junior Wardens some examples of items that are made from recycled waste.
Most of the Junior Wardens said that their households recycle, and those that don’t promised to ask their mums and dads to make more of an effort. They were also asked to think about what they threw away when they were in school or playing out.
It’s been 10 years since Lee Mount Primary School worked to create the Somewhere Over the Rainbow project in Shroggs Park, Lee Mount and following interviews there’s now a new Junior Warden’s scheme in place at the school.
The Lee Mount Junior Wardens are proud of where they live and work together to identify environmental and safety problems in order to make our neighbourhood a better place to live.
On Wednesday 30 November the Wardens joined together with Pete Oddy area manager for Calderdale Safer Cleaner Greener Team ,Pc Kim McCloskey & PCSO Trevor Lovelock West Yorkshire Police and Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative to litter pick in Shroggs Park.
The Junior Wardens have also worked on a speed initiative on Shroggs Road and Wheatley Lane to check the speeds of passing traffic along with PC McCloskey, PCSO Leeman & PCSO Foster.
The majority of vehicles checked were travelling under or at the required speed limit, however a few drivers were advised regarding the recent changes to the speed limits that came into force in the North Halifax area in October 2016.
Look out for more exciting activities including bird box and feeder making from the new Lee Mount Junior Wardens over the coming months.
During the October half term, Calderdale Council, with partners, are holding a week of action in Halifax and a time table of events is being developed, for work around these key themes:
- Safer – (e.g.parking and road safety)
- Cleaner – (e.g. cleaning up litter, clamping down on licencing)
- Greener – (recycling and pest control)
The work will involve several council services, including Licensing, Housing, Planning, Business, Suez, Pest Control, Environmental Health, Public Health, Highway and we will also be working with partners, including the Fire Service, Police and Suez.
For more information follow @calderdale on twitter with #CleanCdale
A 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.
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.