A TEAM of dedicated ‘Planet Protectors’ have begun the first stage of a huge clean up operation in the Church Ward area of Seaforth.
The clean up crew, made up of pupils from Rimrose Hope Primary School, teachers, councillors and volunteers, took to the streets of the local area to clean up unsightly litter from their community.
Led by ward councillors and funded through Sefton Council, the summer Church Ward Clean-Up programme runs until August 31 and encourages youngsters from around the area to help clean and tidy the area where they live.
Pupils from Rimrose Hope, dubbed the ‘Planet Protectors’ were tasked with identifying a number of different locations which they believed were in need of cleaning.
Areas identified included King’s Park, Gordon Road, Corinthian Street, Thomson Road and Sandy Road.
Lawrence Crilly, headteacher at Rimrose Hope, said: “The children take their responsibility for caring for our world very seriously. They know that caring for our world begins with caring for our local area.
“It was great for the children to meet many other local grown ups on our walk setting a great example for them to follow. They met Cllr Cummins of Church Ward, John the ‘Sweeper’ who keeps our streets clean come rain or shine and French, the barber, who is supporting the campaign by giving haircuts to the cleaning crew!”
Cllr Paul Cummins, a Sefton Council cabinet member, Church Ward Councillor and Chair of Governors at Rimrose Hope, said: “We wanted to use the summer holiday period as an opportunity for the community to get together and improve the area where they live.
“Working with the ‘Planet Protectors’ from Rimrose Hope, we identified a number of grot spots that will now be cleaned and tidied through a number of litter picks, which take place every Wednesday during the summer holidays.”
Fellow cabinet member and ward councillor Cllr Daren Veidman added: “As a reward any children who attend and help at two or more of these litter picks will receive a voucher for a free hair cut from a local hairdressers and a family pass for a show at the Plaza cinema!
“At our first clean up we collected more than 12 bags of rubbish.
“Not only did we clear away common litter items but we also removed TVs, a bike, bricks, wood, scaffold poles, footballs and more which had been dumped or left out in public.”