Clean as a whistle

Cllr. Jack Scott (left) with the Action for Stannington volunteers.
Cllr. Jack Scott (left) with the Action for Stannington volunteers.
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Road improvement work is well under way in Stannington and volunteers have been fundraising to buy new garden tools and litter pickers.

Thirty litter pickers have been distributed to traders and publicans so they can join in the effort of keeping the area clean, green and safe.

It’s a way to get householders and businesses involved and ensure residents maintain the newly-resurfaced roads and keep pavements nice and clean.

Danny Piermattei, chairman of Action for Stannington, said: “Over the years many residents have voluntarily adopted a stretch of road.

“Now the local shopkeepers and publicans can ensure their shop front is also free from litter. It is all about generating a ‘feel good’ factor, in which people from any background feel proud of their own neighbourhood.”

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene, added: “This is a brilliant initiative by the Action for Stannington volunteers, who also help with the upkeep of their local park and provide recycling services for residents. The council is very keen to support volunteers who contribute to a cleaner, greener and safer Sheffield.”

Action for Stannington was formed in 1999 and all members are unpaid volunteers.

The group regards the environment as neutral ground to achieve social regeneration, which can be obtained by keeping parks tidy, removing signs of degradation, as well as raising awareness about the importance of ‘loving your neighbourhood’.