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Weekly deep cleans for Swale

Published Friday 4 September, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

People will see cleaner streets this year as the council doubles the number of planned deep cleans, moving from fortnightly to weekly.

Every year the council spends around £850,000 on street cleaning services, street patrols to pick up litter and emptying more than 800 litter bins and 350 dog bins across the borough.

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 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.

The first clean of the year will be in Stone Street, Faversham this week (16 Jan) from 10am to 12pm, followed by Castlemere Avenue in Queenborough next week, and Victoria Road in Sittingbourne the following week.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We’re getting the year off to a clean start with our increased schedule of deep cleans to clear litter and debris from the streets.

“Our popular deep cleans get to the dirt and debris along the roadside that is otherwise missed due to parked cars, so we’re pleased to double our efforts and provide a cleaner and more inviting place to live for all our residents.

This year we plan to carry out 49 deep cleans across Sheppey, Sittingbourne and Faversham, which is double the amount we did last year.

“Each deep clean requires local residents to park elsewhere for two hours so we can clean the street, and we wouldn’t be able to do that without the cooperation of the local residents.

“Keeping our borough clean and tidy creates a better environment for both residents and visitors.”

For more information about upcoming deep cleans visit www.swale.gov.uk/deep-cleans.

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