Youngsters clean up 'third world' back street in Horwich

Wheelbarrow duties for Cole Longshaw and Jack Lloyd, both aged 13

Before the clean-up

After the clean-up

Clean sweep from Marni Evans, aged 14

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A HORWICH street that was likened to “something out of the third world” has been spruced up by local school pupils.

John Halliwell, of Brownlow Road, Horwich, spoke at a meeting of Horwich Town Council last month about the state of the back street behind his house which had become overrun with weeds and piles of soil.

Mr Halliwell, aged 75, challenged Horwich’s town councillors to do something about it.

But after reading about the street in The Bolton News, headteacher Colin Roscoe decided he and pupils from Lever Park Special School could help.

He contacted Horwich and Bolton councillor Kevin McKeon and the two organised for a group of volunteers to go to the site, and spend two days digging out the weeds, grass and soil, and clearing the street.

Mr Roscoe said: “I read the story and just thought it was something we could help with. I am very proud of the job the pupils have done — it looks great.

“They were given the choice of helping with this job or going walking in Silverdale. The fact that these kids chose this option just shows that they want to give back to the community.”

One of the workers, 13-year-old Cole Longshaw, said: “I am proud of what we have done — the residents all came out to say thanks to us.

“One woman said she is now happy for her son to play in the back street because of our work. It was hard work but we are pleased.”

Mr Halliwell said nothing significant had been done to clean the street in the 47 years he has lived there.

He said: “These youngsters have been marvellous. They have filled three trailers with stuff in seriously hot conditions.

“The way they have set about this job and what they have achieved in two days could show the council a thing or two.”

Mr Halliwell has now collected more than £100 from local residents to give to the school as a thank you.

He added: “I am very grateful to the pupils, Mr Roscoe and Cllr McKeon who showed an interest and helped to organise this.”

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2:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

Well done
Well done filthy6
  • Score: 10

3:03pm Thu 19 Jun 14

soup153 says...

Council can't handle a job like that, involves using 3 tool barrow, brush and bags. Need at lease 10 people to sort it out. That's before they even look where it is.
Council can't handle a job like that, involves using 3 tool barrow, brush and bags. Need at lease 10 people to sort it out. That's before they even look where it is. soup153
  • Score: 6

3:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

notgonehome says...

Well done all the young people who took part
Well done all the young people who took part notgonehome
  • Score: 11

4:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Foyley says...

Maybe Kevin Mckeon can now have a look at the ginnel between longworth rd and bank meadow commonly known as dog s**t ginnel
Maybe Kevin Mckeon can now have a look at the ginnel between longworth rd and bank meadow commonly known as dog s**t ginnel Foyley
  • Score: 6

5:29pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Moaning indie says...

Maybe the residents can get a bit of backbone and keep it clean & tidy now and have some pride in their street like things used to be. It doesn't take much, it's not like they have massive gardens to take care of!
Maybe the residents can get a bit of backbone and keep it clean & tidy now and have some pride in their street like things used to be. It doesn't take much, it's not like they have massive gardens to take care of! Moaning indie
  • Score: 17

9:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

Gore Seer says...

We Pay The Council To Clean Rubbish, Wast Management Service Is Free Collection Of Rubbish.
We Pay The Council To Clean Rubbish, Wast Management Service Is Free Collection Of Rubbish. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

11:04am Fri 20 Jun 14

MarkP27 says...

We are supposed to live in the first world!! Clearly Labour are happy for 13 year old children with learning difficulties to be taken out of school and clean our streets for free. What progress we have made since Victorian times!!!!
We are supposed to live in the first world!! Clearly Labour are happy for 13 year old children with learning difficulties to be taken out of school and clean our streets for free. What progress we have made since Victorian times!!!! MarkP27
  • Score: 3

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