Eastleigh eyes “prestigious” award for street cleaning.

Unswept gutter Eastleigh

Unswept gutter Eastleigh

Eastleigh Borough Council has been short-listed for an award for Street Cleansing.

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) have listed Eastleigh Borough Council as the best Council in the South of England for street cleansing and as one of the top-performing Councils nationally.

APSE’s  Performance Networks Awards are an integral part of their Performance Networks Seminar,  which is being held in Blackpool on 1st & 2nd December. The awards ceremony follows the Performance Networks Dinner, and will be hosted by Samia Smith (Maria Connor from Coronation Street) .

Eastleigh Borough Council hopes to be successful in the Street Cleansing Best Performer category, and was shortlisted on the basis of data that it submits annually to APSE.

Eastleigh Borough Council states on its website;

That data includes details of the cost of the service, the level of training and development, the results of customer surveys, staff sickness levels, work planning, deployment of resources, how waste is disposed of and how much is recycled together with the results of a national indicator (N195) for street inspections. All this information is then compared with other authorities across the UK and scored.

Some of the data for Eastleigh, shown in the table below, refer to the amount of litter present when the street inspections were carried out and clearly shows an improvement over the last few years.

NI195 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11
LITTER18%5%2%
DETRITUS32%12%1%
GRAFFITI3%2%0%
FLY POSTING3%1%0.5%

The Cabinet Lead for Transport and Streetscene, Cllr David Airey said

“This is really great news. The Council has made a significant improvement in its street cleansing over the last few years and being shortlisted as one of the top six councils is recognition for all our hard work and the excellent service we provide for our residents. Being shortlisted is fantastic and I hope we can now go on and win the award”.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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