City-wide spring clean operation to tackle littering and fly-tipping

A 12 week long city-wide spring clean programme will begin next month. The project will provide additional targeted cleansing in all wards to tackle littering, fly-tipping and graffiti.

Funding of £100,000 for each of the next five years, to cover the cost of the clean up operation, was agreed in the 2016/17 budget.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member of digital, waste and street scene, said: "The council has an aspiration to create the UK's Environment Capital and is focused on making sure Peterborough is a great place to live, work and visit. Ensuring our streets, neighbourhood and parks remain clean and tidy plays a big part in this.

"We have listened to residents' concerns on littering and this investment will fund an extensive spring clean operation for each of the next five years.  This spring time push will help clear fly-tipping, graffiti and the rubbish dropped by the irresponsible minority.

"We will also use it spread the message that we should care about our shared environment and take pride in the city we live in."

Five new ‘glutton’ waste collection machines will also be in use soon, bringing the total number up to 10.  The machines can do five times more cleaning than an operative with a waste cart and broom and are being rolled out for use in Peterborough city centre and wards.

Bretton is one of the areas currently using a glutton to tidy the streets and verges. Bretton Parish Council requested a glutton to use as part of their regular efforts to keep the ward tidy.

Bernard Champness, clerk of Bretton Parish Council, said: "It is proving to be a very effective piece of equipment. We have taken a glutton into Bretton's primary schools and the pupils have loved seeing it in use.  The schools also carried out litter picks in their surrounding area and it's making a real difference to how the area looks."

​​​​​​​The city council is also investing in providing extra daily cleaning in the city centre. This includes chewing gum removal, additional cleansing of benches and bin areas. This investment is £60,000 for each of the next five years.

A team of Amey workers will also be contributing towards the programme, targeting hotspots and fly tipping as well as working to clean in all the city’s wards.  The Amey team will work with the council’s enforcement team to provide information about fly tipping and graffiti offences and clean ups, to assist with possible prosecution.

Peterborough's five public spaces with Green Flag status - Central Park, Itter Park, Manor Farm Park, Victoria Gardens and the Crematorium - also figure in a refurbishment and replacement programme.

The programme will include items such as benches, litter bins and dog mess bins.

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