2009 starts with a clean sweep
The next in the series of Cherwell's successful Neighbourhood Blitz's comes to the Hardwick and part of Neithrop areas of Banbury on 19 January. Between then and 23 January the area will be hit by dedicated cleaning teams who will carry out extra street cleansing, remove graffiti, dispose of abandoned vehicles and take away bulky household waste.
Added to that, Cherwell District Council staff will be going from door-to-door answering residents' questions about recycling, litter, and refuse collections.
The blitz means that extra resources will be focussed on the week-long campaign to ensure the area gets the deep clean treatment. The initiative includes:
- extra street sweeping
- more graffiti removal
- free bulky waste collections to clear away large items like furniture, fridges, electrical goods or mattresses - the usual charge is £10 for up to four items
- a car amnesty for unwanted cars. The council will take them away for free - it normally costs £10
The council constantly strives to keep the district clean with a range of initiatives in both the towns and the countryside. Regular street cleaning, fly tip removal and dealing with graffiti are being carried out all the time. But by concentring efforts and working with residents through the blitz programme targeted areas will get extra attention.
Cherwell's portfolio holder for community, health and environment, Councillor George Reynolds, said: "The council's cleaning blitzes have been a great success and help get the local community involved in keeping their area clean. Concentrating our resources in one area for an intensive clean makes a real impact. And we'll be working with the community to make sure that clean areas stay cleaner and greener."