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Edition No. 162

Date:- 07 August 2004

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Speke to Sparkle!

A THREE day clean-up which will see a blitz on litter and graffiti in grot spots of Speke will take place later this month.

The clean-up is being co-ordinated by the City Council's South Liverpool Neighbourhood Management Team who are joining with Enterprise-Liverpool, Liverpool Housing, Merseyside Police and community groups on August 19-21 to make the area tidier and brighter.

Community skips will be placed throughout the estate in a bid to stop fly-tipping; there will be a concerted attack on graffiti and litter and grot spots will be cleaned up and representative of Bulky Bobs will be explaining their role to the local community.

But the organisers of the clean-up say that this event is only the start of making Speke cleaner. 

"We don't just want a three-day wonder,"
said local Councillor Paula Keaveney who chairs the working party running the event. "We are holding the clean-up because time after time the issues of graffiti, litter and fly-tipping are raised by local people and we are responding to local demands. 

Hopefully, we can make a real impact during these three days but from them on we need the local community to play its part. And if people continue to fly-tip, drop litter or spray graffiti then we will use the enforcement powers we have.


But, I am confident that there will be a very positive reaction. People want to have pride in their own community and for it to be bright, clean and tidy."

GO ON SAFARI WITH HENSHAWS!

LIVE insects, skeletons and life-like animals will all form part of a new summer-long project housed in the brand new Safari School Education Centre at Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot. The aim is to raise awareness of the animal world and how people with a visual impairment learn about them.

Henshaws Society for Blind People, which operates a Centre in Liverpool, is organising the initiative, which runs from 2 to 27 August, and is open to members of the public Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm.

The first exhibition in the new Centre, it will feature four ‘tactile’ themed areas, arts and crafts, tactile animals, live animals, and bones and skeletons. Eventually, Henshaws working in partnership with the Safari Park hopes to set up a permanent exhibition at Knowsley that will provide a unique learning experience for visually impaired children, their peers and their families.

Bill Milner, Community Development Manager at Henshaws’ Merseyside Resource Centre said:- “We are aiming to provide a valuable education resource for young visually impaired people, children with additional disabilities and their families. The Project has the potential to develop into a hugely successful permanent exhibition in the future.”

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