Havering Council has today launched a new campaign aimed at making the borough ‘cleaner and tidier’, together with the help of its local residents.
The ‘Cleaner Havering’ campaign, sees an extra £400,000 invested by the Council into street cleaning.
This extra money will see the frequency of cleaning in residential streets increased from once every three weeks to fortnightly.
In addition to investing into more street cleaning the campaign will see the Council:
• Supporting and encouraging residents to join in community clean-ups.
• Encourage more reporting of fly-tipping and littering and increasing enforcement action around both awareness around the disposal of dog mess and actions against those dropping chewing gum in our streets.
• Continuing as one of the only Councils in the country that offers a weekly rubbish and recycling collection.
• Increasing action to keep our local rivers and parks clean and healthy.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said: “Like everybody in the borough we are proud to live here and we have listened to what our residents would like going forward.
“This means we are now investing an extra £400,000 to increase the frequency of our street cleaning to help keep Havering special.
“We also want to highlight those who persist in blighting our borough with littering, fly-tipping, dropping chewing gum and not clearing up their dog mess.
“This is why we need residents to do their part and work with us, to change people’s behaviours by reporting fly tipping and littering, so we can take the strongest action against those who act irresponsibly.
“We also want help in getting the message out to those people who think it is ok to spoil our beautiful borough. They should know that they can’t mess with Havering.”
Local Havering Resident Mikey told The Enquirer: “I’m all for campaigns like this. This is great.
“We need to keep our borough clean and tidy. Campaigns like this are what is needed to push those who don’t keep it tidy, into shape along with tougher fines from the council on people who litter our community.
“The way our borough looks reflects on its local citizens and we want people to see Havering as a borough that is well kept.
“Too many newcomers to our borough don’t have the same level of respect and don’t keep Havering tidy.
“I have noticed more fly tipping in the area from people who don’t care and are fundamentally dirty.
“Let’s keep Havering tidy and be proud of our borough. Well done to the council for this new campaign.”