Llanllyfni Schoolchildren Voice Their Concerns

Date 11/05/2017
Plant LLanllyfni

Enfys Jones, Luke Griffith , Lana Davies, Harri Shilvock with their posters and Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Neale.

Llanllyfni Schoolchildren Voice Their Concerns

 Children at Ysgol Llanllyfni recently produced colourful posters to highlight dog mess and litter problems in their village.  Their campaign also comes following complaints from local residents that dog fouling was an increasing problem on pavements and paths and that this was posing a real health hazard to local children.

The schoolchildren had also been inspired to act following a Tidy Towns entertainment roadshow which visited the school last year. 

 The school has also encouraged the children to take an interest in their local environment and so they were very enthusiastic when Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Gwyn Neale, recently visited to talk with them about their concerns.

 Gwynedd Council Tidy Towns Officer, Jonathan Neale said: ‘I find that kids generally are very pleased to have a say on community issues – not surprising really when they are often the ones that suffer most from a dirty and messy local environment.  Their posters are very creative and get the message across very effectively – that it’s not acceptable to leave litter on the ground or to allow dogs to foul public spaces.’

 Wendy Terschowetz, Support Assistant at Ysgol Llanllyfni, said: ‘The children were very excited by this project as it was something they felt gave them a voice on local issues.  They are also very aware of the rights and wrongs with regard to litter and dog fouling and so felt happy that they had been given the chance to let the wider community know their feelings – that we should not tolerate litter and dog mess in our public spaces.’

 Gwyn Morris Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Head of Highways and Municipal section, said: 

 ‘The Tidy Towns initiative is beneficial as it gives us a way of engaging with communities and raising awareness on local environmental issues important to the people of Gwynedd.  It’s particularly pleasing when the initiative and sense of community action comes from our youngest residents.”

 Though Gwynedd compares well with other areas in Wales for street cleanliness, littering and its effects are still a persistent problem blighting some of our communities. Those who thoughtlessly throw rubbish in any public place are committing a crime. A person found guilty of littering can receive a fine of up to £2,500.

 Toxicariasis

Many dogs are infected with parasites which can be harmful to people, especially children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused when the eggs of toxocara worms are transferred from dogs to people through infected dog mess or soil. Infection can lead to illness and even blindness.

 In Gwynedd it is a criminal offence to take a dog onto designated children’s play areas, school grounds, sports pitches and certain beaches (April-September) or to allow your dog to foul any public space. Offenders are liable to receive a £100 fixed penalty, with failure to pay potentially leading to a court summons and a fine of up to £1,000.

 For more information regarding Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, contact the team on 01766 771 000 or send an e-mail to tidytowns@gwynedd.gov.uk

 Tidy Towns is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment.