In Seacombe, volunteers collected a total of three skips’ worth, three truckloads and 76 bags of rubbish from hotspot areas, amounting to more than 12 tonnes of combustible waste ahead of Bonfire Night. As part of ‘Operation Banger’ the collected waste included fly-tipped furniture, white goods, timber and other household items.
A successful partnership between Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and the Safer Wirral Hub, Operation Banger has proved effective these past few years in reducing incidents of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and avoidable call-outs in Wirral. This year residents and volunteers from Wallasey, Birkenhead and Wirral South Constituencies took part in operations to clear their areas ahead of 5 November.
With more than 84 volunteers from many community groups and local services, the Seacombe event brought together people from all backgrounds. 18 young people from local schools St Joseph’s and Egremont Primary also took part, picking litter to better their community.
Community Connectors from Involve North West alongside MRFS, Merseyside Police and Energy Project Plus also took part in a door knocking exercise to check in with residents, discussing the issues that affect their area. Council contractor Continental Landscapes also removed some graffiti from buildings in the area.
Seacombe Social Club kindly offered their premises as a hub for the day providing fantastic support, refreshments and light snacks to all involved. The event had a great response from local residents as the flurry of activity encouraged several people to get involved on the day.
In total, community-minded residents and groups removed more than 46 tonnes of combustible waste from Wirral streets as part of Operation Banger. The Seacombe clean-up took place during a series of events taking place across the borough in an effort to prevent nuisance fires in various hotspots.
This clean-up day was funded by Wallasey Constituency Committee and Wirral Council as part of the Love Where You Live/Love Wirral campaign.