New Council teams will Love Your Streets
12 March 2019Cheshire West and Chester Council has created two new teams to support the recently launched Love Your Streets campaign.
The Council is asking residents and communities to join them in making the borough’s streets and neighbourhoods the cleanest, safest and greenest in the country and the new staff will work with communities across the borough.
New ASIST officers (Area Streets Information and Solutions Team) will bring together all the Council’s place delivery services, investigate issues and find solutions. They will promote the message of ‘Love Your Streets’ and will work with residents and community groups to encourage involvement and volunteering.
Another new StreetCare team known as SMART (Street Maintenance Action Response Team) is now in place to provide a fast, reactive maintenance service that can respond to requests quickly and effectively. These new members of staff mean existing officers will not be called away from planned day-to-day street cleaning or maintenance operations.
A new toolbank will support residents wanting to volunteer and be part of ‘Love Your Streets’. The tools will be used for light maintenance and community clean-ups to help individuals and groups who want to do their bit and get involved. Register your interest in using the toolbank or contact the ASIST officers by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new members of staff. Their work will be key to the success of the Love Your Streets campaign.
“The Council spends hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to clear litter and fly-tipping - it’s not just about money as there are indirect costs too, such as the harm it can do to the environment.
“The strapline for the campaign combines the words ‘your’ and ‘our’ to promote how the council and communities can work together to make a difference. Front line staff already work incredibly hard to keep the borough looking good but we can all do our bit to help.”
The Council is also supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean month from 22 March to 23 April 2019 and individuals or groups may want to use the toolbank to organise their own clean up event and join in. Find out more on the Keep Britain Tidy website.
If there is an environmental issue in your area, such as graffiti or fly-tipping, please use the Your Streets website to report it – www.westcheshireyourstreets.co.uk. The website makes reporting problems easy and provides useful information about the range of services the Council provides in communities across the borough.