Working together to keep Birmingham clean

For the first time citizens can see for themselves how clean their neighbourhoods are following the release of a data dashboard by Birmingham City Council.

Cllr John Clancy

Cllr John Clancy – Leader of Birmingham City Council

The information is presented in an easy-to-understand way, so anyone with an interest in how their community is doing can see at-a-glance what the current position is.

In response to the dashboard’s findings Cllr John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council has announced a targeted programme of action to move areas not meeting targets from ‘red’ to ‘green’.

A series of days of action will be carried out in the affected areas, with a focus on:

– Ensuring the emptying of all litter bins
– Looking at how trade waste is presented for collection and picked up from businesses
– Fly-tipping
– If traders have their “duty of care” notices – the documentation that proves they have adequate waste collection arrangements in place
– Examining and reviewing if litter patrols are appropriate
– Resident engagement

Cllr Clancy said: “Cleaner streets come up time and time again as a top priority for citizens. This is something we cannot neglect or ignore if we are to be a council that listens and serves people in the right way.

“This will be a two-way thing. As a council, we have to get right the things we do such as refuse collection and street cleaning, and I will make every effort to ensure that all councillors from all 40 wards in Birmingham step up and offer the leadership on this issue, which is really about civic responsibility and pride.

“But, with that, also comes a contribution from each and every Brummie. We can all do our bit to make Birmingham cleaner and greener and we should. I hope these targeted days of action will kickstart that sense of civic pride, and I will be closely monitoring future versions of the dashboard so we do not lose sight of our aim to improve Birmingham’s streets.”

For a blog from Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director for Place, explaining more about how the dashboard works, please click here.

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For more media information please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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