Handford Hall and St Matthews primary schools have been presented with litter-picking kits by the Mayor of Ipswich Borough Council and these have already been used to clear up at school.

The areas around the schools can experience littering and fly-tipping and are in the focus area for Safer Streets 2 and whose actions include cleaning up. The kits were provided through this project and which is co-ordinated by the Council with funding from the Home Office. They complement monthly clean-up days delivered by Ipswich Borough Council through this funding since August 2021.

Darren Gates, Headteacher of St Matthews Church of England Primary School, says:

“The children at St Matthew’s were interested to hear about how Ipswich is kept clean and tidy. They were delighted to receive the litter-picking kit and eager to use it straight away. The equipment has already been used in school to keep our playground tidy.”

Cllr Alasdair Ross, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, says:

“I’m pleased that these litter-picking kits were popular with the children at these schools and have already been in use. This is part of our determination as a council to use Safer Streets 2 money to tackle any challenges with litter in the Maple Park area.”

Photo: St Matthews School with children, staff and the Mayor of Ipswich, Cllr Elizabeth Hughes