A HUGE community clean-up drive has been launched across Halton, bringing together key council services to deliver an improved service to residents.
Teams from the Landscape and Cleansing services have been brought together to form Streetscene, an initiative offering a complete environmental maintenance service.
Six Neighbourhood Spaces managers will be responsible for overseeing the Streetscene service. They will each have an area of the borough to look after.
To deliver a more community approach to the maintenance of neighbourhoods, each manager will have a team who will undertake cleansing and landscape works in their area.
These teams will be backed up by specialist teams, which have a wider-ranging remit. Popular innovations such as the return of site-based gardeners in parks, which was implemented a few years ago, will continue.
Neighbourhood Spaces managers will attend public meetings such as area forums and people will be asked what they feel will improve their neighbourhoods in an effort to raise satisfaction and pride in the area they live in.
Streetscene builds on the foundation of the council's neighbourhood improvements, which saw sweepers back 'patrolling the beat' in their community, gardeners in parks and specific teams such as Playground Maintenance.
The introduction of Streetscene will also see the council working more closely with housing associations, community support officers, fire and police agencies, businesses and members of the community to maximise the impact and success of the initiative.
The Streetscene approach is based on nationally-recognised best practice and is designed to make a real difference, both to the physical appearance and condition of streets, parks and open spaces and to how the people in those areas feel about where they live.
It aims to carry out work residents believe will improve the physical appearance and safety of their neighbourhood, and its success will not only be measured by performance monitoring but by people's views.
Cllr Phil Harris, executive board member for the environment, said: 'The Streetscene project has evolved from talking to our residents and finding out what they wanted.
'It has been introduced as part of a package of improvement measures totalling more than a quarter-of-a-million pounds worth of investment by the council that demonstrates our commitment to continually raising the quality of our local neighbourhoods.'
To find out more about the Streetscene initiative, how it will benefit you or to report matters relating to a particular area, phone the council's contact centre on 0151 471 7595 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.