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New initiative to help keep Coventry streets clean

Published Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A new scheme to help keep the city’s streets clean is set to sweep across the city following a successful pilot.

After the scheme
After the cleaning scheme

Called ‘Cov Clean Streets’, the initiative cleans up and then monitors the area to ensure that Coventry’s pavements and roads clean. 

The project sees a team target a hotspot area and an intensive street clean removes litter, or fly-tipped waste and ‘contaminated’ bins – where incorrect items have been placed in a bin. 

It then relies on residents to help to keep the street clean and tidy, by putting the right things in their bins, not leaving extra waste on the pavements and storing bins properly. 

Once tidied, the area will be monitored by Council enforcement officers in order to prevent fly-tipping and littering. 

The trial scheme took place in Villiers Street, Chandos Street, Richmond Street and Brighton Street in the Stoke area of the city. 

Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Services, Cllr Jayne Innes, said the scheme will target one site in the city per month. 

“A dirty, messy street not only looks unsightly, it can also be a health hazard and it can really impact the way our residents feel about the places they live,” she said. 

“The areas targeted will be known hotspot areas as thanks to the reckless actions of a few, some residential streets are not good enough. 

“But this is not just about the Council continually cleaning an area, it is about encouraging pride in a community and tackling those who decide to fly-tip and litter to the detriment of others. 

“The trial has shown what a difference the clean-up can make, and I really do hope it encourages residents to keep their areas clean by giving their roads a fresh start. 

“We’ll be monitoring the areas covered closely to ensure that the problems do not return and we’ll be actively tackling any issues with strong enforcement.”

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