Eastleigh declared UK StreetScene champions for record 5th time
Page last updated at 04 December 2015 at 11:28
The teams that keep the Borough of Eastleigh beautiful have been recognised in prestigious national awards – for a record fifth consecutive time.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s Street Cleansing Service was declared ‘Best Overall Performer’ at the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards in Blackpool - a clean sweep since they first picked up the award in 2011.
Meanwhile, the authority’s Parks, Open Spaces and Horticultural Services team was ‘highly commended’, having once again made the list of finalists in the ‘Best Overall Performer’ category.
The Street Cleansing Service was also nominated for the ‘Most Improved Performer’ award by APSE, the organisation dedicated to promoting quality in the delivery of frontline services to local communities.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Eastleigh’s StreetScene Services have been nominated for APSE awards in each of these categories - an unprecedented achievement in itself.
The APSE awards are unique in that they are based on actual performance data which is assessed against a complex range of performance indicators, including cost, quality, workforce development and value-for-money. The data is independently verified for accuracy and integrity following an initial assessment.
The Street Cleansing Service won the ‘Best Overall Performer’ award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, being judged the UK’s Best Street Cleansing Service in the process. No other council service in the country has won a category more than twice, in a competition that attracts submissions from more than 250 councils across the UK.
Councillor David Airey, Cabinet Member responsible for StreetScene, is delighted with the teams’ success. He said: “Being declared best overall performer nationally for the fifth year running is an amazing achievement. The continued success of the Council’s Street Cleansing Service and Parks and Horticulture Service in the APSE awards is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of team members and reflects the huge pride they take in keeping the whole of the Borough of Eastleigh a pleasant place to live and work.”