Emilie leads play area facelift team

Emilie Marshall (front) with family and friends cleaning up the land behind McDonalds after she asked to help clean it up
Emilie Marshall (front) with family and friends cleaning up the land behind McDonalds after she asked to help clean it up

THIRTY bags of rubbish were collected by friends and family of eleven-year-old Emilie Marshall.

The Brighouse schoolgirl offered her services to Calderdale Council to help clear the rubbish from the play area behind McDonalds in Bradford Road. Emilie was disgusted at the state of the area while out walking her dogs with dad Lee and contacted Philip Schofield, at the safer cleaner greener team who organised a clean up.

“It went really well and we had litter picks and went round the whole field picking up the rubbish,” she said.

“It does look much better but there are still little bits that need sorting but we didn’t have enough time. But it has had a massive improvement.

“It was a lot of fun to do the clean up with my friends and family until it started raining because it was freezing but we didn’t give up and we got as much done as we could.”

Philip Schofield, area manager for the safer cleaner greener team, attended with colleagues Tony Price and Samantha Ward and the community wardens Mary Price and Zoe Davies.

“There was a fantastic turnout and we cleared about 30 bags of rubbish which was fantastic as the weather was poor,” he said.

“Emilie is a credit to her family. She is passionate about the environment as were all the children. These are the future custodians of the planet and we need to work with the young generation and listen to their concerns and learn new ways to help educate people both young and old about looking after their environment.

“We will be working with Emilie and her friends and family with further cleanup days over the summer.”

Some of the bigger items, like sofas, tyres and fridges were removed by Community Payback last month.