Canning Area Action Group
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.

The erratic collection service in our area was viewed as unacceptable. The meeting felt that the Community, City Council and Onyx should work together to look in more detail at "Cleaning-up Canning".

Other points raised were:-
•    A named Council Officer to be responsible for these issues.
•    Street litter bins
•    Industrial bins at trouble spots.
•    More effective planning and co-ordination of rubbish collection
•    and street cleaning.
•    City centre collection should be extended to include the Canning
•    Onyx should collect loose rubbish.
•    Security gates on alleyways with tenants holding keys.

Action Points to be reviewed at 2nd meeting.
•    Speedier collection of bulky rubbish
•    Costing of new wagon / second collection / litter        bins
•    Recognition of need for diverse solution for          diverse problems.
•    Information on number of complaints about Onyx
•    Prosecution of offenders.
•    Monitoring/Publicity/information campaigns.
•    Council to carry out it's statutory duties.
•    Feasibility of us receiving the same service as city        centre



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'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.

Within its own organisation the Council is bringing in measures to achieve sustainability. It is examining the environmental impact of the Council's services and is trying to reduce this impact wherever possible. As part of the Council's commitment to the Local Agenda 21 process it will be adopting a declaration on sustainable development which will reinforce this commitment.
Strategies have, or are being prepared to take the City into the 21st century. with environmental social and economic considerations to the forefront.

Sustainable development brings together quality of life, the physical environment and issues about development and progress. It will ensure that our children and grandchildren will have a future on a planet where environmental concerns are of paramount importance. Sustainable development can be summed up by this mission statement. "The aim is to achieve a better quality of life today without storing up problems for the future".

The Council is now working to achieve sustainable development with the local community, voluntary organisations and business through the new Local Agenda 21 Network. The network, made up of a policy group and 5 subject working groups, has a remit which includes a sustainable action plan for Liverpool and has representatives from all sectors. The themes of the working groups include waste & recycling, energy & pollution, transport, social environment & economy and built & natural environment.

A document 'Liverpool - the Changing
Environment' has been developed which
shows indicators that chart Liverpool's
progress toward achieving sustainability.

For further information on Agenda 21
Phone Steve Lindfield 0151 233 4304


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