Our 2015/16 manifesto commitment: Additional resources to get - and keep - our streets clean
Cllr Kevin Peel meets with Executive Member Cllr Bernard Priest to discuss litter issues
Unprecedented cuts of £380 million to the council's budget from central government have had a severe impact on all areas of council services, including street cleaning. Overnight the city centre street cleaning team was reduced by 50%, putting strain on the council's ability to empty bins and keep litter off the streets.
We've been lobbying since 2012 for additional resources to deal with the growing problem.
Our success so far:
- £500,000 was secured in January 2014 to roll out 700 new bins across the city centre, including 20 new combined recycling units at key locations
- In October 2014 we announced a new enforcement campaign, with a new team of four enforcement officers on the streets 12 hours a day, seven days a week to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone caught littering. Over 1,000 fines were issued in the first 100 days from November 2014 to February 2015
- 20 PCSOs trained to issue FPNs and other council neighbourhood team staff have been given the ability to issue on the spot fines
- Earlier this year we announced additional funding for a further 20 combined recycling units and 100 new cigarette bins which are currently being rolled out across the city centre.
We have now also secured a further £400,000 for additional street cleaning in the evenings and at weekends in the city centre. We'll be closely monitoring the rollout of this new service throughout the year.
One of our new combined recycling units
Floor vinyls as part of our education campaign
Funding and materials are also available to residents' associations and community groups who want to organise your own litter picks in your neighbourhood. Contact your councillors for more information.
We are determined to get our streets clean and keep them that way. If you have any particular concerns or any ideas about how we can do a better job please don't hesitate to get in touch.