Wealden streets some of cleanest

Wealden has some of the cleanest streets and roadside verges in the South East according to figures produced by the Audit Commission.

A survey of 64 local councils in the South East carried out by the GMB union, based on Audit Commission National Indicators, ranked Wealden in the top ten, having the sixth cleanest streets in the South East.

The council's cabinet member for environmental services Cllr Sylvia Tidy said: “I would like to congratulate Wealden's Street Cleansing Team for the excellent work they do and I am delighted this has been recognised in these results.

“Keeping our towns, villages and roadsides clean is a major responsibility.

“Last year this Council spent £860,000 keeping Wealden tidy. If people didn't drop the litter in the first place, we could save a great deal of tax payer's money.”

Cllr Tidy said the council's Street Scene Enforcement Team would not hesitate to issue £75 spot fines when they see litter being dropped.

According to Audit Commission figures for 2008/9, only one per cent of Wealden's verges and streets had litter at unacceptable levels. The national average for street and roadside areas with unacceptable levels of litter is 5 per cent.

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