Rose Hill comprehensively cleaned

Published: Wednesday, 17th April 2019

The two-week Rose Hill clean-up has ended and the results are in.

The campaign, which ran from 25 March, targeted the area with an intensive deep clean that dealt with litter, graffiti and dog mess. While this was underway staff from Oxford Direct Services (ODS) went door-to-door to advise residents on refuse collection and recycling.

During the campaign the teams were joined by residents, and volunteers from Rose Hill Primary School, Youth Ambition, Rose Hill Junior Youth Club and GoodGym Oxford.

The primary school not only took part in the clean-up, they entered a competition to design a clean and green poster. The winning design has been displayed on ODS vehicles in the area (photo attached).

Apart from sweeping the roads, 297 households were door-knocked by recycling officers. They secured 63 sign-ups to the Clean Green pledge, with a further 19 pledges signed at the launch event at Rose Hill Community Centre. Those signing up to the pledge promised to help keep the community clean and green by picking up after their dogs, keeping hold of litter, cigarettes or gum until they find a bin, keeping their gardens tidy and reporting fly-tipping, along with other clean and green actions.

Twelve issues of anti-social waste were investigated by the Community Response Team. Follow up action will be taken where necessary.

Two fly-tips were cleared and are being investigated for evidence that could lead to prosecution.

Over 50 instances of graffiti were cleared away.

Recycling Liaison Officer for ODS, Simon Phipps, said: "Our regular area-based two-week clean up campaigns result in effective and lasting improvements. Not only that, they bring together staff, residents, and volunteers with a renewed commitment to keep the area clean. I want to thank everyone who got involved in the clean-up and I'm looking forward to the next one, which we'll be planning and publicising later this year." 

As well as Rose Hill, other areas that have benefited from intensive clean ups include Gipsy Lane, Cowley Road, the Templar Road Estate, Barton and Greater Leys.

To report street cleaning problems in your area visit the street cleaning page.