Cherwell residents happy with clean streets

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Residents are pleased with the state of their streets according to a Cherwell District Council report.

The council’s executive committee heard on Monday night that customer satisfaction with its street cleaning service rose to 69 per cent in 2015.

The executive resolved to continue supporting enforcement action to combat fly tipping, littering and dog fouling as well as supporting education programmes aimed at keeping the district clean.

Ian Davies, Cherwell’s director of operational delivery, said: “We employ good quality, highly motivated staff who do a fine job at keeping the district spick and span. But they can’t do it on their own. We rely on the public to help - not least by not littering in the first place.”

The team also keeps green open spaces clean on behalf of Banbury and Bicester town councils and Kidlington Parish Council. Recent work done for Banbury Town Council has led to a 90 per cent reduction in complaints about green open spaces in Banbury.

Mr Davies added: “Most people are responsible when it comes to waste. They use litter bins and dispose of their household waste through the council’s collection services.

“But a few just throw away litter, or they try to get rid of waste in gateways, alleyways, or other land. It causes environmental damage and passes the clean up cost on to the council or private landowners. Cherwell will continue to take enforcement action whenever it can on littering, fly tipping, abandoned vehicles and dog fouling.”