Knowsley Council is holding a series of Environmental Improvement Action Days across the borough.
The action days will see a number of council teams and partners come together to target environmental issues in wards across Knowsley each month up to March next year.
The latest Environmental Improvement Action Day will be held in the Northwood ward of Kirkby on Wednesday, 5 July.
The initiative follows the success of the programme of Environmental Improvement Action Days last year when partners came together in ‘hotspots’ identified by residents to tackle a range of issues, including pest control, fly tipping and environmental health issues.
For the upcoming programme, activities on the day will include clearing litter and fly tipping, removal of waste, checking for abandoned vehicles and empty homes compliance, Trading Standards checks on retailers and food hygiene inspections, as well as education and enforcement of businesses and residents who are failing to manage their waste.
There will also be a programme of sewer baiting, in partnership with United Utilities, aimed at controlling the rat population in the area. (Here’s some advice about controlling rats and keeping them away from homes, businesses and gardens.)
A range of agencies will be available at Northwood Community Centre throughout the day giving information on healthy lifestyles and advice on managing debt and benefits.
Local dog owners will also be given free dog training advice at a dog training hub run by The Dogs Trust at the community centre, 9am – 12pm, followed by another session at Old Rough Lane shops (L33 6XE) between 1pm and 3pm.
Council teams involved in the action days will include Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Licensing, Streetscene, Pest Control, Waste and Recycling, Safer Communities, as well as partners including social landlords, United Utilities and Merseyside Police.
Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan said: “Our recent programme of action days have been a great success and shown how we can come together with partners to make a real impact in areas across the borough. This initiative is an opportunity to take targeted action and tackle specific environmental issues in a ward, encourage behaviour change and enable communities to participate in looking after where they live and work.”
When are the upcoming Environmental Action Days?
Northwood: 5 July
Prescot North: 26 July
Halewood South: 16 August
Prescot South: 24 August
Whitefield: 6 September
Stockbridge: 27 September
Cherryfield, Kirkby: 18 October
St Gabriel’s Huyton: 31 October
Whiston and Cronton: 7 November
Page Moss: 29 November
St Michael’s, Huyton: 10 January ‘24
Halewood North: 31 January ‘24
Shevington: 14 February ‘24
Roby: 28 February ‘24
Swanside, Huyton: 13 March ‘24