Children from Homer Street were keen to share their views on rubbish with the wider local community when they held a special parade recently. With surprisingly no rain and support from Birmingham City Council’s Waste and Recycling department who brought along a wagon and team, the Fire Brigade, Police, Balsall Heath Forum, Sparkbrook Neighbourhood Forum, Labour Councillor Victoria Quinn and local residents, the parade was able to make enough noise to get their message across. Dressed in war paint and wearing bandanas with feathers the children and volunteers then proceeded to follow up the march with a street clean-up.
Organiser Cristina Piñero Maese said of the event, “It was a huge success and we were lucky as we had no rain! We hope that some of the people whosaw us and those eating fast food or buying in the shops and our neighbours will remember not to put their rubbish on the floor. I would like to give a big thank you to all who helped on the day”.
Abdullah Rehman, Community Capacity Builder at the Balsall Heath Forum who attended the event went on to single out Martin Carr and Justin Barnett from Birmingham City Council’s Waste and Recycling. “They were smiling all day and couldn’t have been a better example for the young people. Big thumbs up to the team which included Les Williams from Environment and Culture and Principle Operations Manager who saw the value of investing time and effort into our future generations”.