November 3, 2005
Burnham Youth Town Council members perform community clean-up

A group of community-minded youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea had an unusual start to their half-term holiday by picking up rubbish.

Members of the Burnham and Highbridge Youth Town Council tidied up the streets around King Alfred School and the BAY Club after noticing lots of rubbish.

Twelve youngsters took part, armed with bin bags and litter pickers, and finished with refreshments bought with the help of Somerset County Councillor Rosemarie Parson’s Community Grant Fund.

The litter pick was carried out in and around the area at the back of King Alfred’s, including the lanes leading to some of the housing estates.

Among the group were students from King Alfred School and St Josephs. The youngsters found it hard work in less than glorious weather but they were keen to give up some of their free time to help in this community effort.

Town and district councillor Louise Parkin told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The children from the school in general have been blamed for the mess and whilst I have no doubt that the majority of the crisp packets were theirs, I am sure that the other mess including beer cans and doggy bags was not.”

The town council intends to install more bins in the area soon, in addition to some signs designed by the Youth Town Council which aim to encourage children not to litter so they are not automatically blamed in the future.

The youngsters pictured above are Sarah-Jayne and Vivian Aston, Stehen Cleavely, Eligia Chancey, James Donnellan, Chester Allen, Kirsty Henbery, Chloe Motuel-Evans and Christopher Burridge.

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