Children in the Queen’s Park area showed they care about their environment when they took part in a competition launched by CityWest Homes in partnership with a local residents panel. Since forming in 2016, the local resident area panels have been having their say on how housing services should take shape in their community. The north area panel were the latest group to make a difference, by running a school competition for students to design a poster to help tackle fly tipping in the north Westminster area.
CityWest Homes, which provides housing services to over 21,000 homes on behalf of Westminster City Council, has helped the group to take action on fly tipping, which is a key local issue. There were over 121 instances of fly tipping in the north area in 2017 alone.
The panel decided to approach the issue through education and collaboration. By holding an art competition for students of Wilberforce Primary School, they were able to discuss the problem with local youngsters. There were a host of fantastic designs and it was a tough decision to choose a winner, with student Fouzia Khanom (aged 10 years) taking first prize. Fouzia’s design will now be used in posters and flyers across the estate to help raise awareness of fly tipping.
Gbemisola Isimi, chair of the north area panel, presented the winner with a certificate and £50 in vouchers. She said: "We held the competition with Wilberforce Primary School because we felt it was important that the issue of fly tipping was tackled from the ground-up. It affects us all and it’s important that we see such issues as ‘our’ problem, not just that for the council. Getting the pupils involved helped us to educate them on what fly tipping is, make them more community minded and also send out an innocent yet strong message to fly tipping perpetrators.”
Martin Edgerton, director of customer services, CityWest Homes, added: “It’s really important for residents to have their say on issues which matter to them and their community. This competition shows what a difference that voice can make. While encouraging the next generation to take pride in their homes, and help others to do the same, they can help change attitudes and empower others to get involved. We’re proud of the work our resident panels do and we look forward to supporting them to make their homes an even better place to live.”
Residents can find full details of how to report and prevent fly tipping on the Westminster City Council website.
IMAGE 1: Fouzia Khanom is presented with her prize by Gbemisola Isimi on the last day of term assembly at Wilberfoce Primary School on Friday 21 July 2017.