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Six-week ‘deep clean’ gets underway in Ilford town centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 August 2018

New granite slabs have been purchased. Photo: Andrew Baker

New granite slabs have been purchased. Photo: Andrew Baker

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Have you noticed Ilford town centre looking a cleaner recently?

A six-week deep clean of High Road and surrounding streets - part of Redbridge Council’s Our Streets campaign to improve the borough’s cleanliness and greenery - began on Monday, August 13.

A town centre supervisor has been appointed to oversee the cleanse, which involves teams of extra street cleaners, armed with power washers, scrubbing pavements at night and collecting litter during the day.

Among the new equipment drafted in is a Glutton vacuum cleaner, which can clear hard-to-reach pavement cracks, and mechanised street sweepers.

The council has also pledged to increase the number of high visibility enforcement patrols to deter people from littering and dumping rubbish.

Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for civic pride, said that the council has increased the budget for street cleansing by £300,000.

“This deep clean will make a big difference and is part of our new approach of concentrating street cleansing resources where and when they are needed most,” he said.

“But everyone has a part to play by either ensuring they use the large number of bins provided in the town centre for their rubbish.”

However opposition Cllr Howard Berlin, the Conservative group’s deputy leader, criticised the Labour administrations approach.

He said: “Whilst this appears as good news as every resident knows the Council’s approach has been to abandon regular street sweeping and let Redbridge get dirtier and filthier, and cover up their failure with “deep cleans” in a small number of select areas.

“Ilford will look clean for a few days, whilst elsewhere across the borough roads remain unswept, dustbins remain unemptied and Redbridge continues to get worse.

“Residents are fed up with Labour’s PR gimmicks and self congratulatory press releases - they want their streets kept clean and their overflowing bins emptied.

“Here’s a radical idea - save thousands of pounds by halving the press and PR team and spend the money on employing some more street sweepers.

“That would show a real commitment to making our borough clean again!”


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