Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, blogs on the latest refuse collection data dashboard to be published by Birmingham City Council…
Recently we published our first data dashboard as part of the effort to be open and transparent on the progress we are making when it comes to ensuring Birmingham’s streets are as clean as possible.
I know there has been a lot of interest in our first attempt, so with this second dashboard we’ve attempted to bring you some extra data on what could be termed “environmental crime” – namely flytipping, litter, graffiti, and flyposting.
These sorts of incidents all add to the workloads of our refuse and street cleansing crews, creating a bill for the council – money we really could do with spending on other important front-line services.
It’s been reported for many years how we are having to do the best we can following severe funding cuts from central government, so the last thing we need is for people who have no respect for their local environment to carry out actions that damage where you, I, our relatives, friends and neighbours all have to live.
We’ll continue to respond as effectively as we can when such incidents occur, but it would be so much better if we all showed that we love where we live.
Keep a look out for further dashboards in the coming weeks and months.
Cllr Lisa Trickett
Cabinet Member Sustainability
Birmingham City Council