Council strive for cleaner Banbury streets

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Banbury will become extra spick and span in the last week of July as Cherwell District Council’s green team blitzes the town centre.

Starting on Monday, July 25, officers will be out and about picking litter, towing away abandoned cars, sweeping streets and removing graffiti.

There will be added incentives for selected householders to contribute to the collective clean-up by taking advantage of a free bulky waste collection service.

Councillor Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “Our street cleansing officers are busy every day of the year helping the district look its best. However some parts of the district suffer from above average volumes of littering, graffiti and flytipping.

“This is why we run these periodic blitzes, which see officers undertaking targeted clean-ups. By the end of the week, Banbury town centre will be at its beautiful best to greet visitors and residents alike.

“Our free bulky waste promotion is a way for residents to get involved and show their support for the officers going above and beyond the call of duty.

“We want to show that there is an easy and affordable alternative to flytipping which, because of the unfortunate actions of a minority of residents, is blighting some parts of the district.”

Also during the blitz week, residents will be able to buy blue and brown recycling bins for £10, discounted from the usual £15.

Residents in selected town centre streets will be able to apply for the free bulky waste collection service. They can have up to three items removed, providing they book during the week of the blitz.

Bulky waste collection can be booked online where Cherwell’s customer service team will check to see if it qualifies to have it free of charge. The service ordinarily costs £16.

Residents using the bulky waste collection service are reminded that the items they leave out for collection must not obstruct roads or pavements.

To book a bulky waste collection or for more information on the blitz visit: www.cherwell.gov.uk/blitz or call 01295 227003.