A Basildon school has received new litter picking equipment after successfully applying to the council's High Street and Town Centres clean-up fund.

 Decorative image showing Councillor Aidan McGurran with pupils at Greensted Junior SchoolThe £30,000 fund was launched in September when residents, schools and community groups were asked to submit their ideas to win funding to clean up their high streets and town centres.

Chairman of the External Affairs, Partnerships and Liaison Committee and local ward councillor for Vange Councillor Aidan McGurran, presented pupils at Greensted Junior School with the new equipment, which includes, 20 litter pickers, hi-vis jackets and gloves, on Thursday 28 November.

He said: "I'm delighted to be presenting this equipment to the children who take a real interest in the environment and do their bit to keep the local area clean and tidy.

"It is great to see such enthusiasm from the pupils of the school to making a positive difference locally and it is really heartening to see young people taking such a lead in looking after their local environment. They are providing a fantastic example."

Year Six teacher Clare Capper said: "My ever- expanding team of Eco-Warriors and I are thrilled that our bid was successful. We have been generously given 20 litter picking sets which include a picker, high-vis vest and safety gloves.

"We work tirelessly on keeping the area in and around the school as clean as possible but our resources are limited. Now with the brand new litter picking equipment that we have been given, we are able to safely venture out in to the community and begin to make a difference there too.

Our plans are to go out in small groups and visit local parks and shopping parades as often as we can and complete a litter pick. I am delighted that the children's enthusiasm and pride over their local community has been recognised."

The community fund has been made available by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The fund is still open. If you have an idea email highstreetcleanup@basildon.gov.uk

Published on Friday 29 November 2019