Whitby’s streets among cleanest in country.

Whitby has some of the cleanest streets in the country.
Whitby has some of the cleanest streets in the country.

WHITBY’s streets are among the cleanest streets in the country - and that’s official.

Scarborough Borough Council has picked up a coveted Clean Britain 5 Star Award for having some of the cleanest streets in the country - one of 22 other local authorities from across the UK to be awarded with the 5 Star Award.

The cleanliness of streets and external public areas across the borough was recognised in the districts category of the 2010/11 Clean Britain Awards, which were presented on Wednesday 2 March at the NEC Cleaning Show in Birmingham.

An unannounced inspection visit on 3 November last year, which took in different parts of the borough, judged the area against a number of criteria, including litter and fly tipping, waste bin management, chewing gum and cigarette butt litter, dog fouling and signage and street furniture cleanliness; all issues that impact on first and lasting visitor impressions.

Whitby also came in for a special mention, with judges saying the town centre “was exceptionally clean, even though the town was very busy.”

The judges commented favourably on both rural and urban areas.

Andy Skelton, Scarborough Borough Council’s head of Environmental Services said: “This award is not only testament to the hard work put in by our cleansing operatives throughout the year, but it also recognises the valuable efforts that our local friends and community groups put into keeping their areas clean and tidy, and the pride that our residents and businesses have for the place in which they live and work.”

Speaking about the importance of the awards, Steve Lee, chief executive of The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) added: “Our communities deserve well maintained and attractive public places and the Clean Britain Awards recognise and reward the efforts made by councils and other organisations to keep our local areas clean and welcoming.

“The quality of our local environment contributes directly to our sense of well-being and civic pride and plays an important role in improving the economic prosperity of our towns, cities and rural districts.”

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