Making Halton Safer Cleaner and Greener by dfsiopmhy6


HALTON YOUNG PEOPLE                                                                                                                     Issue 2 - October 2005
MP Derek Twigg recently launched two youth initiatives for Halton’s young people,
Halton Youth Academy and a youth information interactive CD. These initiatives have been
set up to help local young people make positive changes in their lives and make informed
choices so that they will be less likely to become involved with crime or drugs.                                                        Making Halton Safer Cleaner and Greener
The Halton Youth Academy is a virtual ‘college’ providing a variety of activities for
16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. The aim of the
programme is to motivate young people into future learning opportunities.

The Youth Academy will be managed by local agencies with Halton HITS employing
                                                                                                                                        What’s                   CELEBRATE
a Programme Co-ordinator who will manage activity across the Academy.                                                                   Inside                   NOVEMBER 5th SAFELY
The Halton Youth Service has worked in partnership with Connexions and What Now?
Youth Information Service to develop a youth information interactive CD for young people                                                                         Watching fireworks can be great fun for children, but figures show that over the past five
in Halton. The CD developed in partnership with young people themselves offers all                                                      AGE CONCERN              years more than 350 pre-school children were treated in hospital for firework related injuries.
kinds of information for teenagers.
                                                                                                                                                                 Don’t put your family at risk.
Please visit to get an idea of the                                                                                    MAGIC                    Follow our easy checklist for a safe home firework display.
sort of information that will be available to young people.
                                                                                                                                                                 • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
                                                                                                        GREATER MERSEYSIDE
                                                                                                                                        FLY TIPPING              • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
                                                                                                                                                                 • Keep fireworks in a closed box
                                                                                                                                        NEW SCHEMES              • Follow the instructions on each firework
                                                                                                                                        FOR YOUNG                • Light them at arm's length, using a taper

                                                                      IMPORTANT NUMBERS                                                 PEOPLE                   • Stand well back
Frequently asked questions:                                                                                                                                      • Never go near a firework that has been lit
                                                                      YOU MIGHT NEED:                                                   BONFIRE                    even if it doesn’t go off, it could still explode
     Where can I dispose of excess
   household rubbish and white goods?                                                                                                   INITIATIVE               • Never put fireworks in your pocket
                                                                        Halton Women Safe Transport - 0151 257 2411                                                or throw them
Extra waste that won’t fit in your wheelie                              Halton Sexual Health (GUM) Clinic - 01928 753217                COMMON                   • Always supervise children around fireworks
bin can be taken to the Household
Recycling Centre at Picow Farm Road,
                                                                        Halton Drug & Alcohol Services - 01928 574500
                                                                                                                                        ASSESSMENT               • Never give sparklers to a child under five
                                                                        Halton Young Carers Project (HITS) - 01928 564663
Runcorn and Johnson’s Lane, Widnes                                                                                                      FRAMEWORK                • Keep pets indoors
between 8am-8pm during the summer and                                   Halton Eating Disorder Group - 01928 753585/753985
                                                                                                                                                                 • Don't let off fireworks after 11pm
8am-6pm in the winter, 364 days a year.                                 Relate - 0870 240 4246
                                                                        Haltons Healthy Living Project - 0151 495 3293                                           For further information visit
Items that can be recycled and white
goods may be collected from a property                                  Haltons PALS - 01928 593698
                                                                                                                                                                 Keep on the right side of the law.
with a charge of £12 / and up to 10 items
by contacting the Call Centre on                                                                                                                                 Remember the fireworks curfew; don't let off fireworks
0151 471 7595.                                                        Cut these out and keep them                                                                after 11pm with the exception of November 5th,
                                                                      somewhere safe, we’ll print                                                                when the curfew is extended until midnight.
White goods and household items can                                   more in each edition.                                                                      Under 18s are not permitted to buy fireworks
be taken free of charge to the Household                                                                                                                         or to possess them in a public place.
Recycling Centres. By taking your
household waste to the Household                                                                                                                                 A fixed penalty notice for a fireworks offence could
Recycling Centre then you are assisting                                                                                                                          cost you £80.
with continuing recycling.
                                                                                                                                                                 If you see someone selling fireworks, other than
The council will remove excess waste if                                                                                                                          from a retail shop please report it on the Consumer
you can’t, please call 0151 471 7595.                                                                                                                            Protection Hotline 0151 471 7515 either by leaving
                                                                          For more information contact: Clare Myring on 0151 424 2061
                                                                                                                                                                 a message or sending a text to 07746 390696.
                                                                           Email: Web:
                                                                                 A member of the Home
AGE CONCERN HALTON                                                                      Support Team
                                                                                                                            GOOD NEWS
Age Concern Halton is able to offer people who are resident in Halton and                                                   Congratulations to Young Addaction and Jenny Owen of Halton Drug Action Team for securing a three year lottery bid
aged over 50 three free services that will make life safer and easier.                                                      to create a new much needed post around working with young offenders.

Safety and Security Checks, Handyperson and Traders Register
Services are carried out by skilled staff that are available free of
charge to those who require them.

Age Concern is able to supply the following security items free                                                             FLY TIPPING - AN EXPENSIVE WAY
through our Safety Box initiative which are tailored to a person’s
individual needs: door locks, personal alarm, torch, security                                                               TO DISPOSE OF WASTE
marker pen, spy holes and door chains.
                                                                                                                            KEEP Halton tidy and put your waste in the bin - or you could face a fine of up
The handyperson service can help with small D.I.Y. jobs that                                                                to £50,000 or five years in prison.
can be carried out around the home such as hanging curtains,
changing light bulbs and any other small repairs.                                                                           This message comes from Halton Council’s Monitoring and Compliance
                                                                                                                            Officer Simon Walker.
Contact details Sue Molyneux Age Concern Halton
Runcorn office 01928 575400 Widnes office 0151 257 7128                                                                     Halton Borough Council has been successful in five prosecutions against individuals
                                                                                                                            and businesses in the borough when they have not disposed of waste properly.

                                                                                                                            “This is yet another example of anti social behaviour and we are trying to reduce
                                                                                                                            fly tipping, wrongful waste disposal and increase recycling so that we have a safer,
                                                                                                                            cleaner and greener borough for the people of Halton. Dependent on the nature
LOOPHOLE CLOSED ON                                                                                                          of the waste, there can be a very hefty fine or a prison sentence waiting for those
                                                                                                                            who choose to dispose of their waste irresponsibly,” said Simon.
MAGIC MUSHROOMS                                                                                                             Simon is also working to combat fly tipping - this is an offence for which you
From 18 July 2005 it became an offence to sell, possess or supply                                                           can now be arrested for - and encourages members of the public to come
magic mushrooms in all forms - whether dried, packaged or fresh -                                                           forward and report incidents.
as Section 21 of the Drugs Act 2005 comes into force.                                                                       Excess waste can easily be disposed of. If it will not fit in your wheelie bin, there
The police, customs and courts can now take action against people who                                                       are around 50 Neighbourhood Recycling Centres throughout the borough and
flout the new law. The maximum penalty for the supply of Class A drugs                                                      two Household Recycling Centres, at Johnsons Lane in Widnes and Picow
is life imprisonment, with a maximum of seven years for possession.                                                         Farm Road in Runcorn.

For more details see                                                                                  If you want to report fly tipping, please make a note of the time, date,
                                                                                                                            location and what's being dumped and call 0151 424 2061.

GOOD NEWS                                    It’s all happening in Halton Drug and Alcohol Services                         THE COMMON
By the end of June there were 635 people in treatment which is a 33% increase on this time last year. The average waiting
time for treatment in Halton is 4 days which is one of the lowest waiting times in the country.                             ASSESSEMENT
                                                                                                                            FRAMEWORK (CAF)
                                                                                                                            The Council has recently adopted new guidelines that will improve services to

BONFIRE INITIATIVE                                                                                                          children and families in Halton.

                                                                                                                            Common Assessment Framework (CAF) has been adopted by all authorities
“The aim of the Bonfire Initiative is to ensure neighbourhoods remain safe                                                  in the UK and plays a major part in seeking out children who have additional
in the run up to Bonfire night. This project has run for several years and has                                              needs and helping them and their families with support and guidance.
always been well received by the local community.” says Andy Williams,
of the Safer Halton Partnership.                                                                                            The CAF is a new assessment tool that will help professionals identify these
                                                                                                                            children and has to be fully implemented in all areas and all agencies working
The project aims to reduce the number of unlawful bonfires in Halton and this
                                                                                                                            with young people and their families by the end of 2008
results in fewer call-outs for the fire service.

Halton’s Bonfire initiative project is sponsored through Area Forums and                                                    Halton adopted the framework in June and has already opened two children’s
Registered Social Landlord funding and will be in operation borough-wide                                                    centres, trained around 180 assessors and is well on its way towards
from 24th October to 11th November 2005.                                                                                    implementing more changes.

If you want to report problem bonfires                                                                                      Further information about CAF is available from:
call 0151 424 2061.                                                                                                or

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