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Eastleigh cleans up at UK StreetScene awards

Winner of the Street Cleansing Best Performer award

Page last updated at 15 December 2016 at 14:21

APSE award

 

Eastleigh has the UK’s best performing street cleansing team – and that’s official!

The Borough Council’s Street Cleansing Service was voted Winner of the Street Cleansing Best Performer award at last night’s Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards - the organisation dedicated to promoting quality in the delivery of frontline services to local communities.

The street cleansing team deal with everything from graffiti and vandalism to dog fouling and litter across the borough and have now been best performing council for street cleansing for six years in a row. 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.

Councillor David Airey, the Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for StreetScene, congratulated the team and said, “Being recognised again as the top Council in the country for street cleansing is an outstanding performance and we are clearly maintaining our high standards. The continued success of the council’s Street Cleansing Service 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 a pleasant place to live and work.”

APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said, “The winners and finalists of these awards are proof that, despite the squeeze of austerity and continuous budget cuts, local councils can still offer excellent frontline services that successfully serve their communities. It is a pleasure to be working with these innovative, determined champions of local government.”

Eastleigh StreetScene stats

• Almost 2.5 million square-metres of grass maintained on 16 occasions per year

• Almost 600 kilometres (373 miles) of highway are swept and litter picked throughout the year

• 864 litter and dog bins emptied at least three times per week, town centre and shopping area bins are emptied 7 days per week.

• 11,000 metres of hedges maintained throughout the year

• 587 tonnes of leaves collected in November and December 2015

• 487 tonnes of fly-tipping collected across the Borough in 2015 • 30 new dual litter and dog bins were installed from January to August

• The team have received the Green Flag award for Brookwood Cemetery – for the 11th year running