The winners of the 2014 Clean Britain Awards were announced yesterday, with Nottingham City Council taking the National Winner’s prize, as well as winning gold in its own category.
Nottingham City Council won in the category for authorities with over 200,000 residents, while North Ayrshire triumphed in the 100,000-200,000 residents category and Broxbourne Borough Council in the sub-100,000 residents division.
Amongst Nottingham’s achievements was the development of an innovative Cleansing Index Performance Target, which has led to it clearing 90% of all reported fly-tips, graffiti and dog fouling within 48 hours. It has also set a target to remove 100% of racist/offensive graffiti within 24 hours.
The Awards also included a Community Award which saw the £500 prize (donated by CIWM and toy be used in community work) won by Keeping Coleshill Clean, which established and pioneered by local resident Barbara Adams who, through her own commitment and campaigning, has made a tremendous impact in reducing litter and cleaning up graffiti in the Warwickshire market town, despite having never received a penny in funding.
In addition, Silver Awards were given to London Borough of Tower Hamlets, City of London Corporation and Crawley Borough Council and Bronze Awards went to London Borough of Enfield, Broadland District Council and West Lindsey District Council at the awards ceremony in Birmingham.
The Clean Britain Awards, organised by CIWM and sponsored by Kier, recognise outstanding contributions made to the improvement of the local environment and street cleansing. The Awards are reviewed by a panel of expert and independent judges and assessed against four key criteria litter, aesthetics, waste issues and highways.
Commenting on this year’s Awards, CEO of the CIWM, Steve Lee, said: “Firstly I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter this year’s Clean Britain Awards. We are now in our 25th year and the record number of entries is evidence of the huge commitment that goes into maintaining the areas in which we live, work and play. From the UK’s largest local authorities to community groups and individuals, we have seen an unbelievable level of dedication and innovation and it is vital that we take the time to recognise and celebrate the results of their work.
“A well presented, safe and hygienic environment plays an important role in fostering a sense of civic pride and reducing the likelihood of antisocial behaviour. It will also help attract and sustain increased levels of commerce and tourism, which are vital to helping to sustain local businesses.”
The UK spends over £1 billion a year clearing up the rubbish that we leave behind. Throughout the year Clean Britain Awards Scheme brings together local authorities, community groups and other key stakeholders to share experiences and best practice and provides a platform on which to develop and promote new initiatives.