Pirehill Pupils team up with council and BBC to make a clean start

Eight Stafford Borough schools are teaming up with the council to tidy up the area as part of BBC Radio Stoke’s ‘Clean Start’ day.

The pupils will be undertaking a litter pick in and around their schools on Friday afternoon (21 September).

Litter pickers, bags and hi vis vests are being supplied by Stafford Borough Council who will then visit the schools to collect the rubbish.

The big litter pick is going ahead between 1pm and 2pm on Friday and the schools taking part are: Berkswich Primary School, Blessed Mother Teresa, Burton Manor Primary School, Flash Ley Primary, John Wheeldon Primary Academy, St Anne’s Catholic Primary and St John’s Primary Academy – all in Stafford, and Pirehill First School, Stone.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:

“We have been running our #keepitclean campaign and asking businesses and community groups to get on board and do what they can to keep our borough tidy. So I am really pleased we have the opportunity to team up with BBC Radio Stoke and our schools to help make a difference.”

He added: “Thanks to those schools, the children and staff, for taking part and demonstrating how everyone can do their bit to help their environment.”

The authority has taken a zero tolerance approach to environmental crime and over the last 12 months around 180 people have been handed on the spot fines for littering.

For more information about the Borough Council campaign www.staffordbc.gov.uk/keepitclean

Many organisations and volunteers have already been nominated in the council’s Community Awards which celebrates those doing work to improve the borough.

The deadline to nominate closes on Friday 21 September with an award ceremony in November. To nominate visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/communityawards.