[First published September 2017]
Telford’s Parish Environmental Teams have come together to celebrate five years since the first teams were set up to serve Madeley, Great Dawley and St Georges/Priorslee.
The three teams were set up as a joint partnership by the parish councils, Telford and Wrekin Council and Telford & Wrekin Services to provide an enhanced service to improve the local environments.
Today, there are 13 teams serving the urban area of Telford and their job is to make a difference by keeping their areas cleaner and greener. They litter pick, sweep, cut back overgrown shrubs, clear leaves, look after flower beds, and undertake general repairs and maintenance work.
In addition to the environmental work being done by the teams, the initiative has provided new training opportunities for young people. So far, 33 apprentices have passed through the training scheme, with the majority going on to further employment – including four with Telford & Wrekin Services and two with parish councils.
Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “These teams are doing a fantastic job in our communities. I often see them when I’m out and about, and they are always working hard at one job or another. They are taking pride in the communities they serve and really do make a difference.
“It is great to see how the scheme has grown since launching in 2012, and shows what can be achieved through working more closely with our town and parish council partners.”
Helen Barker, deputy clerk at Lawley and Overdale Parish Council, said: “We have received positive feedback from our councillors, residents and visitors to the Parish on the regular environmental works that our PET undertake. They have made a significant difference to the whole area and have also created a community garden which is being used by groups from the Parish for education and for pleasure.
“This is a great initiative to be involved in and has enhanced working partnerships along the way. We are proud of our PET team and the work they do.”
Watch a video of a PET team in action here.