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Weekly deep cleans of residential streets resumes this week

Published Tuesday 22 June, 2021
Last updated on Tuesday 22 June, 2021

People will soon see cleaner residential streets as Swale Borough Council restart their weekly deep cleaning programme.

The council doubled the deep cleaning schedule last January but had to pause the service as the country entered its first lockdown in March.

Social distancing requirements put in place to keep crews safe, and an increase in the number of parked cars on residential streets, made it much harder to deliver the service during lockdown.

As lockdown restrictions ease, the weekly deep cleaning of residential streets can resume, beginning with Tonge Road in Sittingbourne (24 Jun) this week, St Mary’s Road in Faversham (1 Jul) next week, and Alexandra Road in Sheppey (8 Jul) the following week.

Deep cleans take place on streets that have been identified as needing intensive cleaning and are visited by council contractors Biffa who remove litter, leaves and debris, as well as sweeping and clearing back the edges of weeds.

Residents are asked to move their cars so the street can be cleaned thoroughly, allowing Biffa to reach the areas normally blocked by parked cars.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We spend around £1 million on street cleaning services every year.

“Our street patrols also pick up litter and empty more than 800 litter bins and 350 dog bins across the borough.

“We are working to improve the local environment in Swale. And that doesn’t just mean with new projects and initiatives, but also taking more care of what we already have.

“Deep cleaning our roads, especially those in our air quality management areas (AQMAs), reduces pollution by removing damaging particulate matter that is deposited into the road by traffic.

“Dangerous matter can be deposited from vehicle brake pads, tyre wear, tail pipe exhaust emissions and various materials - mud, dust and other particles - attached to vehicle tyres.

“When the deposits build up along the road, they can recirculate into the air every time a vehicle moves over them.

“Each weekly clean will take place on Thursdays between 10am and 12pm and we’ll be writing to residents asking them to move their cars while we carry out the work.”

For more information about deep cleaning in Swale visit