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Liverpool launches litter partnership with Keep Britain Tidy

LIVERPOOL City Council has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy as part of a unique education and enforcement programme to tackle litter in the City. The collaboration follows an invitation earlier this year to the national environmental charity to benchmark Liverpool's cleanliness. After a City wide inspection of more than 300 sites, Keep Britain Tidy found Liverpool's litter and graffiti to be 3 times the national average. The benchmarking did find positive results for the City, with fly posting at almost ½ the benchmark standard. In response, the City Council, which spends £9.5m a year cleaning up litter, is launching a year long environmental action programme to improve its results, with an initial summertime focus on litter in parks and dog fouling.

The programme will be based on 5 key principles:-

  Get things right 1st time; A huge amount of Council time and money is spent responding to littering complaints.

  Tackle business waste and litter; Through a new waste partnership with Liverpool BID Company and Chamber of Commerce.

  Behaviour change; Various targeted campaigns to engage residents, businesses and visitors in the right behaviours.

  Maximising community action and volunteering; Specifically with Friends of Parks groups.

  Enforcement; With investment in and a greater use of technology.

Keep Britain Tidy will undertake a follow up City wide survey next January to assess the impact of the programme.

Liverpool City Council has already invested more than £8m in its alleyways programme to create safe and cleaner neighbourhoods and is rolling out improved litter bins in the City's major parks. Money has also been invested in CCTV monitoring to identify and prosecute fly tippers. Plans are also being developed for a new type of bin which will help the City tackle the issue of black bag waste for more than 27,000 households.

Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, who is also the political lead for Waste Management in the City Region, said:- "If we want to seriously address the climate change crisis, Liverpool needs to take significant steps towards becoming a zero waste City; and that is going to require a radical rethink of how we store, collect and recycle waste. I've launched a major review of this entire process and am currently consulting with community groups, businesses and Schools to understand how we can deliver this in a smarter way. Our new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy is part of the journey to analyse the challenge we face and to identify the solutions, particularly at street and neighbourhood level. Everyone has a part to play in making our communities clean and tidy and the legacy of that will have huge consequences, economically and environmentally, which our future generations will greatly benefit from."

Councillor Abdul Qadir, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, who commissioned the Keep Britain Tidy study earlier this year, said:- "I'm delighted we are joining forces with Keep Britain Tidy, it's a partnership that will hopefully make a huge impact on how we can all make Liverpool cleaner and take pride in its appearance. The benchmarking assessment clearly demonstrated there is a littering issue in the City and I know our residents have a huge desire for this to be tackled head-on. The Council fully recognises that and is marshalling its resources to improve what we do and how we do it, be that more and bigger bins which are better located, a more targeted approach to hotspots and expanding our alleyways programme. These are big strides we are currently making and we're also using intelligence led data which is going to be a key tool in demonstrating the impacts and the difference it will make to the quality of life in our neighbourhoods. Everyone benefits from a cleaner City but equally everyone has a role to play in keeping it clean. The City Council takes its responsibilities extremely seriously but the Council cannot keep Liverpool tidy and clean on its own. This is on all of us - residents, businesses, Schools and community groups working together and having a collective pride in the look and feel of our City. Education is going to be key and I'm thrilled that Keep Britain Tidy is going to be working with us in spreading the message. Of course, a cleaner Liverpool saves money too and at a time when public budgets are stretched to their limit a cleaner City means we can spend more time and money on other frontline services that make a difference to people's lives."

Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, CEO of Keep Britain Tidy, said:- "We are delighted to be working with Liverpool City Council to help it realise its ambition for a clean City, where everyone in the community plays their part. Litter pollution impacts on the environment in so many ways, but it also has economic consequences and increases the fear of crime, so it is important that Councils around the country follow Liverpool's lead in making it a priority. No one wants to live somewhere blighted by litter."

Chrisie Byrne, Chair of the Liverpool Friends of Parks Forum, said:- "We welcome this new partnership and look forward to working with Liverpool City Council and Keep Britain Tidy in the future so that our green spaces are safer, cleaner and greener for all to enjoy. The role of volunteers is crucial in this partnership. We have hundreds of people every day in our parks and greenspaces helping to keep them clean and tidy, collecting thousands of bin bags of litter a month so our visitors can enjoy the parks and the wildlife can live in them safely. We always need more volunteers but we hope this new arrangement will help to change attitudes and behaviours in the general public to reduce litter being dropped and we can focus on other important jobs to help improve the parks."


Southport Contemporary Arts

ALTHOUGH penned over 2 centuries ago, the opening 4 lines of Blake's 'Auguries of Innocence' still echo through the artwork of local mixed media artist, Sharon Barnes.

The same quest to reveal the impossible in the everyday ('the world in grain of sand') continues to fuel Sharon's own perceptive artistic journey of discovery.

For Sharon it is crucial to "be sensitively aware of the significance, simplicity and importance of the beauty and fragility that surrounds us."

Certainly, 'In Every Grain of Sand' resonates as an exhibition inspired by remembrances and the passage of time that aims to draw attention to the detail in the immediate environment of Sefton's coastline.

Born in the Market Town of Skipton, Sharon spent her teenage years growing up in Lancashire, but has lived in Southport for over 30 years and there is often a meditative suggestion of nostalgia and lost memories permeating throughout her wistful assemblages.

Sharon said:- "The artworks I make originate from observations, captured moments, traces of memory and recollections of time and place. Many of the works celebrate the inherent qualities and the natural changes of landscape. Personal reflections and narratives of people and places permeate some of the works, and are inspired by collections of photographs."

The working process for Sharon's carefully composed artworks incorporates the inventive arrangement of collage, painting and image transfers from photographs and inkjet prints. Using the assembled mixed media artworks Sharon then sympathetically explores surface, colour and the juxtaposition of image, text and found objects.

These items are then sensitively layered to reflect the manner in which the landscape continually reveals and conceals itself and are assembled to highlight the precious nature of each selected subject within a composition of related fragments.

'Of Dunes and Infinite Skies'
Sharon explains:- "recognises the beauty and fragility of our environments. It is an image that celebrates the colours of the coastal landscape and the light of the early morning rising sun that illuminates the marshes and sands. A place of solitude with distant views and vast skies."

Equally characteristic of Sharon's distinctive technique, 'The Lantern Marsh' "captures the atmosphere observed on early morning walks, with dramatic cloud formations and the radiance of light under changing skies."

Recently, Sharon completed a commission for Mersey Care NHS Trust at the newly built Hartley Hospital for Mental Health care in Southport that involved engaging with Sefton Young Carers through a series of workshop activities. Later this year she will be collaborating with Southport Dramatic Club, at the Little Theatre in Hoghton Street, on a commission to produce an installation work in celebration of their centenary.

This latest showing by Sharon Barnes is certainly not one to be missed. Catch it while you can. 'In Every Grain of Sand' will be on display at the ArtHouse, Eastbank Street, Southport from:- 28 June to 9 July 2022. The gallery is open:- Tuesday to Friday:- 10am to 3pm. Saturday, 11am to 4pm. There will be 2 Open Events with refreshments: Friday, 1 July 2022:- 5pm to 8pm including:- music from local musician:- Richard Simcock, and on Saturday, 2 July, from 2pm to 8pm.

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