Children help to keep Oakley Vale looking good

Euan Norton, nine, Sophie Kursat, eight, Rowan Napier, seven and Natalie Mushayahembe, nine, along with school council and town councillors
Euan Norton, nine, Sophie Kursat, eight, Rowan Napier, seven and Natalie Mushayahembe, nine, along with school council and town councillors

Pupils are helping to win the war on litter on a Corby estate where their posters have gone on show.

Youngsters at Oakley Vale Primary School took part in a poster competition and the winning four have been printed and displayed in the area.

Corby Council’s safety community team turned the posters into signs which have been put up on lampposts.

The winners, Euan Norton, nine, Sophie Kursat, eight, Rowan Napier, seven, and Natalie Mushayahembe, nine, each received a £10 Argos voucher.

The project was supported by county and borough councillor Chris Stanbra who funded the printing costs of £293 from his empowering councillors and communities scheme funding.

He said: “The posters which have been designed tell me that the young people of Oakley Vale understand how important it is to keep their estate clear of litter.”

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Peter McEwan, said: “Our youngsters are probably our most successful and powerful advocates in tackling issues that blight their area.

“Their poster designs definitely stand out and will hopefully make the whole community more aware of the issue of littering and more intent on keeping their area tidy. We would like to thank the school and of course all of the youngsters for getting involved.”

Teacher Nicola Boydon-Jones said pupils at Oakley Vale Primary, an eco-school, are very aware of the need to look after their environment.

She said: “We do a lot in school about recycling and the problem of litter and pupils enjoyed taking part in the competition.”