Massive city clean up launched

Newcastle City Council today (Monday 12 February 2018) announced a major clean-up of the city.

The authority has declared war on dirt, grime and litter as it launched a spring clean of the city with newly formed clean up teams.

A war chest of £1m will be used to sweep the streets, pick up litter, remove dog mess, erase graffiti and cutback overgrown shrubbery. New posters will appear on litter bins and livery on council vehicles.

Every ward will benefit and extra resources will be poured into environmental hotspots with intelligence from communities and ward councillors.

The clean-up follows the results of the Residents’ Survey in which 57 per cent of people said clean streets were the most important thing in making neighbourhoods a good place to live.

It also follows an 11 per cent drop in satisfaction with street cleaning over two years (41 per cent to 52 per cent).

Cabinet Member Neighbourhoods, Cllr Nick Kemp, said: “Newcastle is a great city with great people but it is clear from our survey that people are seeing the results of austerity on the ground as we have been forced to cut back on keeping the city clean.

“Good financial stewardship has enabled us to build up savings that will be used to address the concerns of our residents and businesses, the message is clear, we are listening to you.

“This will be an amazing year for Newcastle. The Great Exhibition of the North will attract thousands of visitors to the city and so we want to begin now to get the city looking its best.

“Council staff will be deployed in every ward and we hope within weeks people will see a visible difference in their back lanes, parks, neighbourhoods, and city centre.

“It’s an initiative that we plan to build on, and we hope that community groups will get involved.”

In addition to wards, the council will spring clean Hadrian’s Way at Walker in the East and Lemington in the West.

Newcastle’s Spring Clean comes just weeks before the Great British Spring Clean takes place from March 4 to 6.