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2 August 2019 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent EDITOR: Mike Hulme E: PUBLICATION MANAGER: Jayne Meadowcroft E: ADVERT SALES: Barry Gallon E: T: 01204 478812 M: 07753 447397 CLASSIFIED SALES: Teresa Bond E: T: 01204 478812 No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2019. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. YOUNGSTERS at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Radcliffe were so concerned about the environment that they con- tacted the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. And they were delighted when Mr Burnhamaccepted, and joined Year 6 students, Year 6 teacher Katie Dunne and teaching assis- tant Michelle Dent, and officers of Bury Council for a Question and Answer session and a litter-pick at the school. The pupils talked about the actions they had taken at school, such as litter-picking, cutting back on single-use plastic, speak- ing to local businesses, recycling and reducing waste, being part of Forest Schools and creating green areas within the school. Mr Burnham then accompa- nied them on a tour and took part in a litter-pick around the school and was joined by the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Trevor Holt; Dave Brown (interim director of oper- ations) and Talat Afzal (recycling and sustainability officer) from Bury Council. Later on an extend- ed litter pick took place which in- cluded a newly formed communi- ty group, Radcliffe Litter Heroes, covering Redbank fields and near Radcliffe Boro FC. Together they collected 40 bags of litter and re- cyclables, from plastic bottles and crisp packets to a broken bollard and a chair cushion. Mr Burnham spoke about the work being done by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to make Greater Man- chester a leading green city-re- gion including setting the ambi- tious target of reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2038, 12 years sooner than the national target of 2050. The mayor has agreed to at- tend a Bury Schools Environmen- tal Conference later this year, and asked St Mary’s to become the first single-use plastic-free school in Greater Manchester – a challenge they accepted! The pupils told Mr Burnham that they had also written to Sir David Attenborough, Prime Minister Theresa May and envi- ronment secretary Michael Gove about their concerns. Year 6 teacher Katie Dunne said: “Neither I nor the children could have imagined how big our project would become. The chil- dren have pricked the conscience of lots of important people this year and have realised how pow- erful their young voices are. It has been fantastic exposing them to experiences such as the Man- chester Green Summit, debates at the town hall and now a visit from Andy Burnham with a chal- lenge to become the first, plastic free school in the borough – it re- ally has been amazing!” Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet mem- ber for the environment, added: “We need to take urgent action to protect our planet for our chil- dren and their children. To see our young people getting the mes- sage at such an early age inspires confidence that we can all make the difference that is needed. The council has declared a climate emergency, in part prompted by children who have voiced their concerns, and we are determined to act.” Mayor answers ‘green’ call by primary pupils Andy Burnham and the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Trevor Holt, join the pupils at St Mary’s Primary School in a clean-up WHAT’S to be done with unwanted train carriages when they are taken out of use? Young school pupils have come up with ingenious ways to turn them into vibrant and beneficial spaces. Pupils from St Catherine’s CE Primary School in Horwich became the first to pitch their innovative Pupils pitch ideas to transform unwanted Pacer train carriages ideas as part of a Department for Trans- port competition. The competi- tion, which was launched at Bolton train station by Rail Minister An- drew Jones MP, is encouraging schools and community groups to submit creative designs for the renovation and conversion of the region’s Pacer trains as they are taken out of service and replaced. 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