For two weeks from 17 July, the City Council staff were out and about with housing association colleagues from Catalyst, GreenSquare and A2Dominion, bringing the Clean Green Oxford campaign to Greater Leys.
The teams carried out street and site cleansing, identified graffiti for removal, cleared gullies and tidied shrubberies and gardens. The teams also aimed to raise awareness around environmental issues, reduce littering and dog fouling, target fly tipping and promote the City Council’s bulky waste collection service.
The City Council’s recycling team talked to residents to promote the Blue Bin Recycling League competition and 12 residents pledged to take part and recycle more and waste less at the launch event on 17 July.
The campaign saw:
- littering patrols across the area
- streets getting a brush up from mechanical sweepers
- intensified litter picking and alleyway tidy ups
- dog fouling removed from hotspots that included Frys Walk
- fifty five incidences of graffiti noted and scheduled for removal
- ten lamp posts and eight street name signs cleaned
- communal shrub areas spruced up
- gullies cleaned out in 97 streets
- an old bench replaced on Coriander Way and a bus shelter replaced on Grenoble way
- seven verbal warnings issued over gardens that could harbour vermin.
Cllr John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “I’m thrilled to see the City Council working with the housing associations to give Greater Leys a spruce up. They put in a lot of hard work which has resulted in a clearly visible improvement to the area.
“Most residents take pride in the area they live in and we’ll continue to support them with clean and green campaigns like this. It’s an anti-social minority who litter, fly tip or spray graffiti and make these clean ups necessary. We’d rather spend taxpayers’ money improving the area, not just cleaning-up the mess left by a handful of residents.”