An eight-year-old Aldershot schoolgirl, who wrote to Rushmoor Borough Council about tackling town centre litter, was invited to take a tour of the council contractor’s rubbish and recycling depot.

Florence Jones, who goes to Alderwood Junior School, was the guest of honour when she visited the Serco depot in Ash Vale, along with grandparents Ken and Sue Gravenell.

Waiting there to greet her were the Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford, Deputy Leader, Councillor Ken Muschamp, Executive Director, Karen Edward, and Serco interim contracts manager, Katy Bassett, who gave Florence and her grandparents a tour of the building, repair workshop and yard after presenting Florence with her own, named hi-vis jacket!

On the tour Katy explained to Florence what happens to the rubbish and recycling collected in the borough and how the streets are cleaned.

Councillor Clifford said: “We were really impressed with Florence’s letter as it shows she cares about the place where she lives and wants people to look after it.

“Age should be no barrier. We try and listen to everyone because we all have a contribution to make in keeping our communities and town centres clean.

“We know our cleaning teams do a good job, but we all need to do our part in keeping it tidy too.”