Council claims a clean sweep

PUBLISHED: 17:19 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

STREETS in South Cambridgeshire are getting cleaner according to latest figures. They confirm a 6 per cent improvement in 2006/7 and predict that the district council is likely to achieve a level of 82 per cent acceptable level of cleanliness in 2007/8. H

STREETS in South Cambridgeshire are getting cleaner according to latest figures.

They confirm a 6 per cent improvement in 2006/7 and predict that the district council is likely to achieve a level of 82 per cent acceptable level of cleanliness in 2007/8.

Housing and environmental health portfolio holder, Councillor Daphne Spink, said: "We've been working hard over recent years to improve the cleanliness of our streets.

"Our litter clearance continues to be excellent and we've also continued to reduce amounts of detritus, which is always a major problem in a large rural area such as South Cambridgeshire."

The comments come after the GMB claimed that only 70 per cent of South Cambridgeshire streets were considered to be of an acceptable level of cleanliness.

But the council says the union was 'painting an out of date picture'.

In 2006/7 99 per cent of all streets reached an acceptable standard for litter.

South Cambs District Council uses an independent monitor to evaluate its streets measuring the amounts of visible litter and detritus - grit, mud and weeds.

The council also tackles street cleanliness through fly tipping, littering and abandoned vehicle enforcement action.

Anyone with information can contact 08450 450063 or visit www.scambs.gov.uk/reportit

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