Cleaning blitz hailed a success
Local councillors have hailed last week's cleaning blitz a success after Cherwell District Council's cleansing team hauled in a massive 20.5 tonnes of waste in Hardwick and part of Neithrop.
The latest cleaning blitz ran from 19 to 23 January and saw the council target additional resources at the area to give it an early spring clean.
As well as the big clean up, council teams visited 440 homes in the area answering residents' questions about recycling, litter, and refuse collections. And Major Sparkle, Cherwell's anti litter super hero, was on hand at Hanwell Fields primary school to pass on the waste and recycling message to youngsters.
In addition to the waste clean up, the blitz team took away two unwanted cars for free and removed graffiti from 29 locations.
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 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 up makes a real impact. And working with the community means that clean areas stay cleaner and greener.
Local councillors Nicholas Turner and Alyas Ahmed added: "The blitz has made a big difference to the look of the area. We urge everyone to build on the the blitz's success. Get involved and keep Hardwick and Neithrop looking clean."
More blitzes are planned across Cherwell for April, August and October.