Pupils get to grips with litter on streets

Assistant clerk to Morecambe Town Council Abigail Fawcett, assistant Morecambe High head Philippe Jumeau, PCSO Sue Brown and Morecambe High pupils who joined in the litter pick.
Assistant clerk to Morecambe Town Council Abigail Fawcett, assistant Morecambe High head Philippe Jumeau, PCSO Sue Brown and Morecambe High pupils who joined in the litter pick.
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Local schools have been helping Morecambe Town Council in its fight against litter in the resort.

Over the past two years, members of Morecambe Town Council have been working hard to put together a campaign against the problems caused by the amount of litter within the town.

The issue was raised when the council held a public consultation which took place early last year.

The council already undertakes regular litter picks on the public area of Morecambe beaches.

In addition, in previous years, they have held litter picks on streets around the town.

To coincide with this, the council thought a proactive step was to contact local schools to get them on board.

The schools involved were Great Wood Community Primary, Sandylands Primary, Heysham High, andMorecambe Community High.

All four litter picks were well attended and throughout the students showed politeness, respect and maturity.

The litter picks were so successful that members from Morecambe Town Council determined that the litter picks should continue with a view to more schools being approached to take part.

The teachers involved believed litter picks were a great link to their school’s curriculum and were more than happy to assist the students in any way they could.

In addition, the Morecambe Neighbourhood Policing Team kindly appointed two PCSOs to attend each litter pick to ensure the safety of all those involved.

Children from Years 5 and 6 at Great Wood Primary undertook a beach clean on the area between the Yacht Club’s Race Office and the Lifeboat Station.

Their aim was to educate the early years about what impact dropping litter has on the environment.

Sandylands School litter pick was linked to a small ceremony which they were holding in remembrance of the late John Barnes, a former governor of the school and city councillor, and to raise awareness of the plight of the war memorial which over recent years had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Heysham High School’s litter picks involved members of the Student Council alongside the recently appointed Litter Action Group, both made up of students who want to make a difference to school life and the environment.

Morecambe High School’s litter pick involved volunteers from different year groups from the school.

Members of Morecambe Town Council were delighted with the response from all the schools.

Morecambe Town Council chairman, Coun David Kerr ,said: “Litter picking offers added value for the residents of Morecambe and this activity fits with the schools’ curriculums relating to caring for our coast lines and environmental protection of the beaches.

“I know the children really enjoyed their experience on the litter pick and it was wonderful to see so many children participating and having fun.”