South Derbyshire leads the way in street cleaningNovember 19th, 2014 Category: Local Authority & Housing
The importance of ensuring that a district is clean and presentable cannot be overrated.
Local authorities which fail to keep on top of street maintenance risk creating further problems and complaints later on down the line.
This includes everything from general cleaning, to rubbish collection, and tackling fly-tipping.
All of these things are important aspects of maintaining an area.
One local authority in the UK has taken the lead on this issue by introducing a new minimum standard that will dictate how cleanups are arranged in their district.
South Derbyshire District Council has drawn up these guidelines as part of a bid to keep the area clean and tidy.
The new standards will govern everything from how often footpaths will be swept, to the frequency of emptying litter bins.
Under the new guidelines, road channels are cleaned four times a year, while footways will be swept twice a year.
In addition, the road drains will be cleaned once a year with major routes being tidied twice a year, while bus shelters and lay-bys are set to be cleaned four times a year.
Further efforts will also be made to ensure that public toilets are thoroughly cleaned, while the local authority will also liaise with parish councils to address the problem of litter.
Like many local authorities, it has also created a rapid response unit, which are responsible for clearing away dog fouling, litter and fly-tipping.
The assessment of the conditions of the street will be measured against national guidelines.
Figures published on the website of South Derbyshire District Council, revealed that in the locality, 92 per cent of streets surveyed passed the recommended level of cleanliness between 2006 and 2007.
The new minimum standard, if proved to make a real difference in the area, could potentially be used as a template for how other local authorities govern their cleaning schedules.