Posted on 27th January 2017
School pupils in the Staveley area are getting on board with an anti-litter campaign by police and Chesterfield Borough Council.
Officers from the Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have joined forces with the Chesterfield Borough Council to encourage the community to put their litter in the bin.
The issue has come to light particularly in the area around Lansbury Avenue Park, Mastin Moor, which needs to be cleared every day. The only other park in the area which is cleaned as often is Queen’s Park in Chesterfield town centre, which is much larger and sees a greater number of visitors.
PCSO Sue Cooke and Mark Rawson, Enforcement Officer for Environmental Protection from Chesterfield Borough Council, have been speaking to youngsters and students about the concerns and effects of litter on the wildlife during assemblies over the past few weeks.
They have visited Norbriggs Primary School, Woodthorpe Primary School and Netherthorpe School, and will be visiting others in the areas over the next few weeks.
As well as showing the youngsters a slideshow of the rubbish and affects it has on the environment, the students at Netherthorpe actually got to see the types of litter that was being left behind, which included food wrappers, drinks cartons and even dirty nappies.
PCSO Cooke said: “Everyone in our community has a responsibility not to drop litter, young and old alike. Our message is simple, put your rubbish in the bin and help keep our area clean and tidy.
“It was great to speak to so many young people to raise awareness of the issue, and we hope they’ll encourage their parents, friends and other relatives to also dispose of their waste correctly.”
You can follow the work of the Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on Twitter: @StaveleySNT.