Giving litter the boot for a tidier estate
Published by Heather Barnes for West North West Homes Leeds in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Estate Inspections in Tong, Leeds
Local residents in west Leeds are working with West North West homes (WNWhL) Leeds to keep their estate tidy.
As part of a drive to keep the area tidy of litter, WNWhL and the locality team for the area have introduced street cleaning services to hit estates in Wortley to tackle the large scale clearing of litter on a regular basis.
A key driver to the clear up operations in the area is local residents. Tenants undertook estate inspections with WNWhL and were regularly highlighting the litter problems on the estate.
WNWhL worked with the council and the residents to put together a plan of what was needed for the area and how this could be implemented. Weekly street cleaning was agreed to ensure that the estates were kept tidy on a regular basis to prevent the accumulation of lots of litter.
Richard Walker, head of service for West North West Homes Leeds said:
“This locality working pilot has pushed the boundaries of normal service delivery, ensuring that a customer based approach is taken between departments and agencies in resolving environmental problems locally.
“Our customers seem really pleased with the results so far and I’m keen to now roll the project out into other areas across the West and North West of Leeds”
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:
“It is great that we have been able to work with local residents and put right the concerns they have about their local area.
“It is determined people like this who can really start to bring about changes in their local areas by working with the council.
“Delivering joined up environmental services between the ALMO and Leeds City Council will improve the overall look and cleanliness of this picturesque area in west Leeds.”
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