|On November 25th CAAG held the first
of two 'Clean up Canning' meetings. It was very well attended.
Residents discussed at length the health implications- rats, disease, sharps, etc.
Residents expressed the need to find effective solutions whilst
recognising that we live in a multi-occupancy, conservation area with a variety of
specific problems and a lack of general storage facilities for rubbish.
Businesses and individuals from outside the area were accused of dumping, though
the point was made locals -especially students and those new to the area, often put their
rubbish out after a collection! Questions were asked as to why no prosecutions had be
brought against businesses who were clearly dumping.
Other points raised were:-
|WHAT IS LOCAL AGENDA2I?
'This aims to achieve a better quality of life today without storing up
problems for the future'
In 1992 the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development met in Rio de Janeiro. This came to be known as the 'Earth Summit' and representatives from 179 states attended. The aim was to find solutions for the environmental problems of the world. Major issues discussed included global climate change, maintaining the diversity of species and the loss of forests.
An action plan called Agenda 21 set out the objectives and
activities for environmental protection and "sustainable development" into the
21 St century. In order to achieve this it was realised that action had to be taken at the
grass roots and all citizens throughout the world should be able to contribute to their
own environmental decisions at a local level.
|THE CITY ENVIRONMENT CENTRE
After 12 months hard work on refurbishment and rebuilding at what was the old L8 garden farm, the City Environment Centre officially opened for business in March, 1998.
Thanks to a grant from the National Lotteries Charity Board, the Centre has been able to employ three staff whose role is to provide environmental education to the community. The Centre is now used by schools on a regular basis and children who are at key Stage 2 attend over a three week period to learn in a practical, hands on way about some of the environment issues which affect their lives.To date local schools who have benefited from the Centre are St Anne's RC Primary School and Pleasant Street Primary School. Due to visit the Centre this year are Granby Street, St Vincent de Paul and Windsor Street Primary Schools.
Also at the Centre we are running a variety of courses in conjunction with the Liverpool Community College. These include Basic Computer Skills, Basic Food Hygiene, Gardening and Health and Safety. We are also developing a volunteer organisation whose role will be to help clean up and 'greenify' derelict areas within the community. Suggestions for areas to be worked on are always welcome.Again in 1999, we shall be opening an Easter and Summer School for children who will benefit from extra help in English and Maths. Last year's school was extremely successful and the response from the children was excellent. Unfortunately, the Centre operates a booking only policy due to the fact that we do have children here on a regular basis and also because of the very situation of our Centre.
If readers would like more information about how to book or use the facilities please contact Stephen Yip, at the City Environment Centre on 0151 709 0223