Young people in Halliwell came up with ideas for improving the area, as part of a ‘walkabout’ on 12 July, organised by Bolton Council’s Neighbourhood Management team.
Over 30 young people aged nine to 18 years old met ward councillors and the Neighbourhood Management team for a walkabout of School Hill, Oxford Grove and Queen’s Park and Gilnow. Local police officers and the council’s enforcement officers also joined the group, which identified grot spots as well as coming up with suggestions on how the area could be improved.
The concerns raised by young people on the day were around fly tipping and also residents leaving rubbish and old furniture outside their homes. The young people offered to do litter picks and clean up days and feel the Halliwell walkabouts are a really good idea as it gives them the chance to highlight local environment issues and develop solutions.
Councillor Linda Thomas, Bolton Council Executive Member for Corporate Resources said: “We found it really useful to listen to the young people’s point of view on how they felt their streets and open spaces should be looked after. They were clearly annoyed at those who graffitied and made a mess of their area. What impressed us most was their interest in the environment and their strong sense of the need for residents to take responsibility for their streets. They had a real sense of what was right and what was not acceptable.
It was refreshing to hear them talk about doing litter picks and their willingness to get involved. The officers will be following up on the issues raised by the young people and we are committed to doing more walkabouts in the future.”
The young people involved requested more Halliwell walkabouts. The Halliwell Neighbourhood Management team will now work with the young people, councillors and partners to organise more walkabouts in the area.