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Hunstanton Primary School teams up with Anglian Water to encourage beachgoers to ‘Splash with No Trash'

By Julie Graham, Business Editor

Hunstanton Primary School youngsters have teamed up with Anglian Water to spread an important environmental message which has been painted on the prom.

The new piece of street artwork highlighting the water company's Splash with No Trash campaign, is based on a design by the pupils and flags up the importance of disposing of waste down the correct drain.

Students across four classes submitted their artwork with two overall winners for design and slogan selected. The artwork, created by Peterborough-based Street Arts Hire, depicts a blue crab and seal in a traditional seaside scene surrounded by pollution, and has been painted along the promenade between the Bowlers and The Waterside Bar.

Stuart Payne, of Street Arts Hire with the Hunstanton artwork (13568508)
Stuart Payne, of Street Arts Hire with the Hunstanton artwork (13568508)

Surface water or "rain drains" are designed to take excess rain water away from roads and pavements and put it directly out to sea. Unfortunately, any waste substances wrongly put down these drains could end up polluting local beaches and bathing waters.

Adam Worley, Anglian Water's coastal catchment manager, said: "Sadly, we know all too well the impact that pollution is having on our coastal environment. We see far too much waste disposed of along the seafront with worrying examples of sewage and other waste being wrongly emptied into our surface water drains in Norfolk.

"We want to raise awareness amongst residents and visitors to help everyone become a little bit more knowledgeable and vigilant. If they do, they'll be helping to protect our much-loved coastline.

"We were delighted to have shared our knowledge with the environmental explorers of the future. We hope this artwork acts as a visual reminder to people, companies and contractors that these drains, are connected directly to the sea and are meant for rainwater only. "

The water company also has two 2-Minute Beach Clean boards in Hunstanton which provides visitors with the tools to complete a quick clean-up of the beach. The boards are there to encourage beach-goers to pick up rubbish and plastics along the seafront andcan be found on the promenade outside the Oasis Leisure Centre and at the Old Town Beach Café in Old Hunstanton.

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