The fruits of a £250,000 investment in the cleanliness of Renfrewshire’s streets will soon be visible as an enhanced programme of operational activity gets underway.
The Team Up to Clean Up campaign sees an additional investment in gully cleaning, road sweeping, litter picking and a refresh of the roads infrastructure to improve the standard of Renfrewshire’s environment.
Residents can expect to see an enhanced programme of gully maintenance on the roads which will complement existing activity and allow gullies to be examined, and where appropriate, drained and cleaned.
There will also be an increase in the road sweeping provision across the area with employment of two new drivers meaning Renfrewshire’s residential communities will now be swept every two months.
New dedicated litter pickers have been employed to complement existing street cleaning activity and will work to clear litter from their area whilst also addressing any other cleanliness issues they come across on their route.
The Rapid Response Team, who undertake patrols of Renfrewshire and tackle reports of fly tipping, fly posting and similar activity, will be boosted with additional employees.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “This campaign will make our streets cleaner, brighter and a more attractive place to live and work.
“Cleaning gullies, sweeping roads, picking up litter will all make an immediate difference to the perception of our area which is why we have chosen to make this investment.
“The increased programme of activity will ensure that the community can see tangible benefits in their area, which we hope they will then take pride in.
“We want this campaign to spark a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire and we want the community to work with us by taking part in community clean ups, cleaning up after their dogs, reporting an fly tipping and addressing their recycling habits.
“If we all ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ then we will make Renfrewshire a better place to live, work, visit and invest in.”
The campaign also looks to motivate the community to become involved and invoke a sense of civic pride across Renfrewshire.
A number of engagement sessions have taken place to discover what those who live and work in Renfrewshire believe are the main issues affecting the environment, what can be done to change this and how best to get the community involved.
Two further evening sessions are scheduled for Wednesday 27 September at Park Mains High School in Erskine and Thursday 28 September at Renfrewshire House, Paisley.
To confirm your attendance, please contact 0300 300 1375.
Further information on the campaign can be found at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/