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

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. 


  11 comments for “Eastleigh eyes “prestigious” award for street cleaning.

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Is this a joke?

    I will be posting a few photos on here tomorrow.

    • November 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Nope. Its deadly serious, announced in a press release on EBC’s website.

      But I can’t quite believe it either.

      Its good to hear that Streetscene are regarded as doing a decent job, I say well done and thanks to everybody involved, but do we really need a Quango to monitor their activity, hold posh dinners and make these “prestigious” awards for keeping our streets clean…?

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        November 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

        I will be emailing the photos to APSE as well

  2. November 25, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Thats good.

    At least people will be able to see where not to step on some of the appalling footpaths.

  3. sheila
    November 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    All I can say is the other Councils must be REALLY bad at street cleaning.

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Streets haven’t been swept properly round here for 18 months as you can see from pictures in slideshow above. It’s central Eastleigh but it looks like Lagos.
    Streets get swept once a year here – but only had a cursory visit from a mechanical sweeper last April.
    Flourishing weeds, piles of leaves and rubbish choking the gutter. Crumbling kerbs. Overgrown vegetation hanging over footpath. Rusting redundant sign poles – complained about two years ago – told they would be removed in six weeks but just left to rot.
    No money to keep the streets clean but £6 million to bail out debt ridden cricket ground.
    We need back to basics local government.

    • November 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      Yes, the Council does seem to have its priorities wrong…

  5. PAXO
    November 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    That is disgraceful

  6. November 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Well with a little digging in the right place, it appears that the inspection was carried out in the area of the council offices and Fleming Park and EBC were given 2 weeks notice of the coming inspection by the inspection team..!!

    However, I would say that the Streetscene crews do do a fantastic job in the town centre.

    see here

    • November 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      That doesn’t surprise me Matthew.

      2 weeks notice of the forthcoming inspection makes these awards rather pointless don’t you think…?

      Perhaps the inspectors should visit the Bus Station the next time they visit Eastleigh…

  7. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

    However, I would say that the Streetscene crews do do a fantastic job in the town centre.

    see here

    Yes the interests of the towns corporate traders – who do not pay Council Tax – are well served. My council tax goes to keeping the streets around their shops clean which get swept daily. It should be the other way round.

    Their interests are always put first in Eastleigh town centre not those of the residents.Another case in point – last Saturdays Xmas switch on. By 5pm it was inpossible for my wife to park in Newtown despite the fact we pay for a permit to do just that. Parking wardens had clearly been given the day off and we had to use the train yard car park.

    And dont get me started on the use of Council Tax payer funded PCSOs as Swan Centre security guards.

    Whip out a camera in the swan centre and you will be quickly told you are on PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    If Traders want PCSO’s in there they should be paying a levy to the council to fund a couple of extra ones IMO. We need our PCSO’s out in the wider community.

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