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Six wards to be blitzed in Tidy-Team clear up

Published Thursday, 09 May 2013

Communities in six wards have received nearly £250,000 of funding from Enfield Council's Residents' Priority Fund for improved cleaning in streets and community areas.

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The £246,000 project, which was proposed by residents and ward councilors in the Ponders End, Jubilee, Enfield Highway, Turkey Street, Enfield Lock and Southbury wards - will tackle litter ranging from cigarette ends to food packaging and fly tipping - which blights the communities in question.

This project is perfectly timed to hit the streets this summer and will form part of Enfield Council's Cleaner Streets campaign.

The new funding will see Tidy Teams carrying out extra cleaning and fly tip removal in public areas, including parks, shopping areas, near schools and litter "hot spots" to make streets even cleaner than before. 

Despite a weekly clean, residents living in the affected wards had raised concerns over littering and fly-tipping in previous consultations and the Tidy Teams will focus on the areas that residents have told Enfield Council that suffer most from littering.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Having clean streets is one of the council’s and our resident’s top priorities and we’re working tirelessly to keep our borough tidy and make it the cleanest in London.

"We're therefore delighted that residents are backing Enfield Council's Cleaner Streets campaign and helped to find a solution to the problem of littering and fly tipping in six of our wards and help support our hard working street sweepers.

"We want residents to help us to keep our borough clean by taking pride in their community and clearing up after themselves and telling us when our streets aren’t as clean as they should be."

"Although these wards are swept every week, residents wanted them to be visited by cleaning teams more frequently, and used some of their Residents' Priority Fund allocation to make this happen."

The Tidy Teams operating in the six wards will work alongside other Council road sweepers to sweep the streets more frequently and help promote a greater sense of pride in the area, hopefully discouraging residents and visitors from dropping litter.

Tidy Teams will work throughout the day, starting with local shopping areas from 6am.

They will also clear and clean stations and bus stops, schools and pathways before the streets come alive for the rush hour and the school run.  Cleaners will also patrol residential streets to collect litter and waste, and  working closely with existing street cleaning crews to ensure the wards in question are spick and span.

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