Graffiti and grime was blitzed, hedges were cut back, and dirt and rubbish cleared away in a concerted day of environmental action in Prince’s and Oval wards on Friday 22 October.
Teams of Lambeth Council staff joined forces with colleagues in the police and other agencies to improve the environment and tackle community safety problems as part of the Freshview Programme, a major council initiative to make local areas of the borough cleaner, safer and greener.
As well as clearing fly-posting, painting tired street furniture and deep cleaning streets, staff were on hand to talk to local residents and business about local issues and the services available to them. Offenders who as part of their rehabilitation are part of the “Community Payback” reparation scheme also helped out with the clear-up.
Freshview sees a different area of the borough earmarked for a major clean-up one day every month. Next in line for the Freshview treatment are Brixton and Tulse Hill wards on November 19, followed by Bishop’s ward on December 17.
Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for Environment on Lambeth Council, said: “Freshview started as a pilot programme covering a few selected wards in the borough but it has now been expanded to cover the whole borough because it proven very successful in really making a difference by tackling day to day issues that really affect people’s quality of life.
“It allows council staff to take to the streets to talk to local people face to face about how their area needs to be improved, solving long standing issues by talking to the people who know the area the best – the residents.”
The next areas to benefit from the Freshview treatment are:
- Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill wards
19 November 2010
- Bishop’s ward
17 December 2010
- Coldharbour and Herne Hill wards
28 January 2011
- Knight’s Hill and Streatham Wells wards
25 February 2011
Freshview operations do not replace the council’s normal cleaning and maintenance programmes, but are additional to them.