Be a Good Guy this 5 November urge council
Hard-hitting drama will be used in local secondary schools to
warn students of the dangers of street bonfires and firework misuse
during the run-up to 5 November.
Actors from the Altru Drama
Company will be staging a production at all secondary schools,
followed by workshops where young people will be able to discuss
the production - and the consequences of anti-social behaviour.
It's all part of this year's Good Guy campaign, which launches
next week (15 October) and aims to cut casualty rates and ensure
everyone enjoys a safe bonfire night.
It's being backed by posters in secondary schools, messages on
the Safer St Helens Facebook page (www.facebook.com/safersthelens)
and a host of organised youth activities to steer young people away
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth,
Councillor Sue Murphy said: "The key to a safe bonfire evening is
attending organised displays. And our Spark in the Park event at
Sherdley Park is one of the best you'll be able to see for miles
Spark in The Park takes place in Sherdley Park on Saturday 5
November at 6:15pm. It starts with a children's firework display
and ends with a grand firework display at 7pm. There will also be a
family funfair from 5pm to 9pm. Car parking (£3 per vehicle) is
available at Sutton Leisure Centre, Sherdley Park and Lea Green
The Good Guy campaign is a joint effort, and aims to keep the
borough safe and clean, by encouraging residents to report the
build up of combustible waste and street bonfires to the council's
contact centre on 01744 676789. It involves the council and its
Community Safety Partners - including Helena Partnerships,
Riverside, Arena, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue
As well as helping the council's Environmental Health team get
the firework danger message over to primary school children during
Crucial Crew events being staged this week, the Fire and Rescue
Service is also assisting the Youth Service with 'Street Heat'
presentations - being staged at youth centres across the
Street bonfires - the dangers:
- Street bonfires can fuel anti-social behaviour and firework
- They can cause air pollution - particularly problematic for
sufferers of asthma and other respiratory disorders.
- Burning plastics or rubber emits a poisonous gas - carbon
- Street bonfires can be irritating to neighbours.
- They can easily spread to nearby fences, buildings and
- They can ruin the environment, scorching grass, plants and
- Tey reduce visibility on nearby roads - causing hazards for
- Lighting garden waste could kill wildlife or small pets trapped
To find out about activities for young people in the run up to
bonfire night, go to www.sthelens.gov.uk/yaz.
To report the build-up of combustible waste and street bonfires
call 01744 676789