‘Council should clean up its act’ – Emilie, 11

Emilie Marshall who has written to Calderdale Council to clean up her area
Emilie Marshall who has written to Calderdale Council to clean up her area

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Emilie Marshall was so disgusted about the state a children’s play area was in that she told Calderdale Council to clean up its act.

Emilie was out walking her dogs with dad Lee in the play area off Bradford Road, just behind McDonalds restaurant, when she came across litter such as a baby bath, old worn out tyres, crisp boxes and larger items such as sofas.

In fact, the Northowram Primary School pupil was so upset by the state of affairs which were reported in last week’s Echo, that she contacted the council and asked them to give it a good clean.

“I just wanted to do something about it,” she said. “I really wasn’t expecting any kind of response and I was gobsmacked when Phillip Schofield from the safer, cleaner, greener team contacted me.

“I wanted to clear it up but it isn’t something I can do by myself especially not coming up to my SATs exams, I just haven’t got enough time. I just wanted the council to help me to do it.”

The council has enlisted the help of Community Payback who will be clearing the area on Monday and Tuesday. And a further clean up is being planned for April 14 when Emilie and her family and friends will join the safer cleaner greener team, and community wardens to tidy the last remaining bits.

“I am very happy that I got a response and they are helping with what they can. I am really looking forward to getting stuck in,” she said.

“I think it will be known as a better, cleaner place afterwards. It will just be more pleasant for people to come and visit and I think more people will want to go there. They might still litter and I’m not sure people will listen but I hope they do.”

Emilie, of Smith House Lane, often walks her dogs in the area and although she has spotted the problem with fly-tipping before it has never been this bad. “I want people to take pride in their area. At the moment it is not a nice place to live. Hopefully if people see it clean they will want to keep it that way.”