Six-year-old girl writes to council over 'filthy' play area in Tonge Park

This Is Lancashire: Courtney Haslam with her letter Courtney Haslam with her letter

WHEN little Courtney Haslam found her local playground was full of glass and litter, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

The six-year-old has written a letter to Bolton Council calling for Tonge Park to be cleaned up so that she can enjoy it with her friends.

The Tonge Moor Primary School pupil regularly uses the playground off Parkdale Road, but said it was "too dirty" to play in.

Courtney, of Le Gendre Street, said: “I wrote the letter because it’s got rubbish and litter everywhere.

“The swings are a little bit dirty and a bit broken too. They are not easy to play on.”

Mum Nicola Haslam said she was very proud Courtney had taken the initiative and decided to write to the council.

The 25-year-old said: “She just randomly sat down and said she wanted to write a letter about the state of the park. It’s filthy. It’s full of glass and there’s rubbish everywhere.

“She also put in the letter that there aren’t proper swings for the young children — the ones there are too big for her.

“I’m very proud of her. She’s very clever.”

Tonge Moor councillor Nick Peel, who is also in charge of environmental services at Bolton Council, said he was looking forward to reading Courtney’s letter when it arrives at the town hall.

He added: “It’s good that young people are taking an interest in their local environment, and thank you to Courtney for her letter.

“We are planning some refurbishments of Tonge Park, including replacing the multi-sports area and we are looking at doing a refurbishment of the children’s park to make it more presentable.

“It is a well used park, it’s very popular with children and adults and there are litter bin there — we would ask people to use them, so children don’t have to go and play in areas surrounded by litter.”

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11:22am Tue 24 Jun 14

Ben1958 says...

well done Courtney, Hope they write back to you.
well done Courtney, Hope they write back to you. Ben1958
  • Score: 13

12:28pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ghijkl says...

Well done Cortney. There are bins in most of the parks, which most people do use, but they very rarely get emptied, hence the reason for a lot of the mess
Well done Cortney. There are bins in most of the parks, which most people do use, but they very rarely get emptied, hence the reason for a lot of the mess ghijkl
  • Score: 10

1:49pm Tue 24 Jun 14

soup153 says...

Nice one Cortney, get it in the nationals now.
Nice one Cortney, get it in the nationals now. soup153
  • Score: 4

2:01pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

Dear Residents of Tonge Park (Especially those with children),

please meet with your fellow neighbours and make a decision to each put an amount of money, let us say five pound, into an equipment buying pool. Purchase sweeping brushes, shovels, paint brushes, paint, hedge cutters, general tools and whatever else is needed to clean up your childre's playground and spend a couple of hours making it presentable and safe. Call the Bolton News and ask a reporter to write an article with before and after pictures. Send an invoice from each resident to the local council for cost incurred supported by receipts and accounts. This will foster a sense of community spirit, cost Bolton council very little and allow your children to play safely...

Easy to propose but most find it hard to put into action. Prove the majority wrong and make it happen
Dear Residents of Tonge Park (Especially those with children), please meet with your fellow neighbours and make a decision to each put an amount of money, let us say five pound, into an equipment buying pool. Purchase sweeping brushes, shovels, paint brushes, paint, hedge cutters, general tools and whatever else is needed to clean up your childre's playground and spend a couple of hours making it presentable and safe. Call the Bolton News and ask a reporter to write an article with before and after pictures. Send an invoice from each resident to the local council for cost incurred supported by receipts and accounts. This will foster a sense of community spirit, cost Bolton council very little and allow your children to play safely... Easy to propose but most find it hard to put into action. Prove the majority wrong and make it happen Comment777
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Tue 24 Jun 14

mattaiuseire says...

Comment777 wrote:
Dear Residents of Tonge Park (Especially those with children),

please meet with your fellow neighbours and make a decision to each put an amount of money, let us say five pound, into an equipment buying pool. Purchase sweeping brushes, shovels, paint brushes, paint, hedge cutters, general tools and whatever else is needed to clean up your childre's playground and spend a couple of hours making it presentable and safe. Call the Bolton News and ask a reporter to write an article with before and after pictures. Send an invoice from each resident to the local council for cost incurred supported by receipts and accounts. This will foster a sense of community spirit, cost Bolton council very little and allow your children to play safely...

Easy to propose but most find it hard to put into action. Prove the majority wrong and make it happen
Meeting adjourned, as most people say why should they pay more money when most people already pay tax which should be used as part contribution towards the Council who should be cleaning the mess up anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Dear Residents of Tonge Park (Especially those with children), please meet with your fellow neighbours and make a decision to each put an amount of money, let us say five pound, into an equipment buying pool. Purchase sweeping brushes, shovels, paint brushes, paint, hedge cutters, general tools and whatever else is needed to clean up your childre's playground and spend a couple of hours making it presentable and safe. Call the Bolton News and ask a reporter to write an article with before and after pictures. Send an invoice from each resident to the local council for cost incurred supported by receipts and accounts. This will foster a sense of community spirit, cost Bolton council very little and allow your children to play safely... Easy to propose but most find it hard to put into action. Prove the majority wrong and make it happen[/p][/quote]Meeting adjourned, as most people say why should they pay more money when most people already pay tax which should be used as part contribution towards the Council who should be cleaning the mess up anyway. mattaiuseire
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Tue 24 Jun 14

granny angie says...

Well done Courtney so very proud of you x
Well done Courtney so very proud of you x granny angie
  • Score: 3

8:04pm Wed 25 Jun 14

w1ggan says...

mattaiuseire wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
Dear Residents of Tonge Park (Especially those with children),

please meet with your fellow neighbours and make a decision to each put an amount of money, let us say five pound, into an equipment buying pool. Purchase sweeping brushes, shovels, paint brushes, paint, hedge cutters, general tools and whatever else is needed to clean up your childre's playground and spend a couple of hours making it presentable and safe. Call the Bolton News and ask a reporter to write an article with before and after pictures. Send an invoice from each resident to the local council for cost incurred supported by receipts and accounts. This will foster a sense of community spirit, cost Bolton council very little and allow your children to play safely...

Easy to propose but most find it hard to put into action. Prove the majority wrong and make it happen
Meeting adjourned, as most people say why should they pay more money when most people already pay tax which should be used as part contribution towards the Council who should be cleaning the mess up anyway.
mattaiuseire did say to keep receipts for the equipment purchased and invoice the council after whilst also stating "cost Bolton council very little" meaning the cost equipment purchased from local hardware relatively cheap compared to what it costs when councils use "preferred" suppliers
[quote][p][bold]mattaiuseire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Dear Residents of Tonge Park (Especially those with children), please meet with your fellow neighbours and make a decision to each put an amount of money, let us say five pound, into an equipment buying pool. Purchase sweeping brushes, shovels, paint brushes, paint, hedge cutters, general tools and whatever else is needed to clean up your childre's playground and spend a couple of hours making it presentable and safe. Call the Bolton News and ask a reporter to write an article with before and after pictures. Send an invoice from each resident to the local council for cost incurred supported by receipts and accounts. This will foster a sense of community spirit, cost Bolton council very little and allow your children to play safely... Easy to propose but most find it hard to put into action. Prove the majority wrong and make it happen[/p][/quote]Meeting adjourned, as most people say why should they pay more money when most people already pay tax which should be used as part contribution towards the Council who should be cleaning the mess up anyway.[/p][/quote]mattaiuseire did say to keep receipts for the equipment purchased and invoice the council after whilst also stating "cost Bolton council very little" meaning the cost equipment purchased from local hardware relatively cheap compared to what it costs when councils use "preferred" suppliers w1ggan
  • Score: 0

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