Independent inspector says streets are cleanest ever

Streets across the borough have achieved their best ever scores for cleanliness after independent inspection.

graffiti being cleaned off wall

Three times a year, 300 streets in the borough are inspected by an independent monitoring agency for the National Indicator of Cleanliness which is reported to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). These streets, chosen at random, are checked for litter, detritus and graffiti.

The scores for 2010/11 show only 6% of streets had any litter – down from 7% last year and down from 11% in 2008/09. This year, only 5% of streets had detritus, which includes weeds or leaves. This is down from 21% last year. This year, graffiti was found on 4% of streets, down 6% from two years ago.

The results for litter and detritus are the lowest ever achieved and both exceed the targets set by the council.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “These results are very impressive. Our own monitoring has shown that street cleanliness has been steadily improving over the last year and these independent results prove this to be the case.

“The cleanliness of streets is a priority to the council and we know it is something that our residents feel strongly about so I am determined that these results should keep moving in the right direction.”

Last year the council introduced Saturday street cleaning and launched Grimebusters, a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week hotline to report fly-tipping, graffiti and emergency cleansing. To report an incident to Grimbusters call 020 8825 8825.

More information on the cleanliness national indicator can be found on Defra’s website.