A cleaning blitz will sweep across Grimsbury next week as members of Cherwell District Council’s green team work to tackle hotspot problem areas.
From October 28 to November 1, they will undertake a targeted approach to ridding the area of flytipping, litter, graffiti and dog mess.
Furthermore, residents will be able to get involved in the blitz through compost and recycling giveaways, a free bulky waste collection and discounted bin sale.
Councillor George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “Grimsbury is a very popular and historic area within Banbury so we want to ensure it is looking its best at all times.
“However, the ignorance of the minority has spoilt it for the majority, which is why our officers will be undertaking this targeted clean up.”
During the course of the week Grimsbury residents who place their blue or brown bins out for collection will automatically be entered into prize draws to either win a free blue bin or free bag of compost and a year’s supply of compostable liners.
The giveaways will continue on October 31 when the team will hand out free bags of compost on a first-come-first-served basis in the Burchester Place car park between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. This will be accompanied by a sale of blue and brown bins available for a reduced price of £10.
Councillor Reynolds said: “We have carried out four other blitzes this year and these alone have removed 68.2 tonnes of litter from the district.
“While it is great to have cleared so much rubbish, it is also disappointing.
“All of the issues we concentrate on during a blitz, such as litter, dog mess and fly tipping, are entirely avoidable if everyone just cleared up after themselves instead of relying on others to do it for them.”
Anyone with a Grimsbury postcode can apply for up to three bulky waste items to be collected from their home free of charge during the blitz.
For more information call 01295 227003.