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The Clean Britain Awards

Published 9th April, 2009 by Neil Nixon

The Clean Britain Awards

North Norfolk District Council has won the much coveted UK Winner’s Trophy in the 2009 Clean Britain Awards, presented during the Cleaning Show. A total of 63 entries were received from local authorities all over the UK in three separate categories - cities, towns and districts.

All entries received an anonymous half day inspection visit during the second half of 2008 and were judged against a number of criteria including: litter and fly tipping; waste bin management; chewing gum and cigarette butt litter; dog fouling; and signage & street furniture cleanliness - all issues which impact on visitor impressions.

Councillor Brian Hannah, NNDC’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Keeping the district clean is critical for our local economy, which depends so heavily on tourism. We have to give visitors a great welcome, and this award could persuade even more people to take a holiday in North Norfolk. Our residents tell us that cleanliness is important to them, too.” Nick Baker, strategic director for the environment at NNDC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. The council has invested heavily in cleansing, litter control and fly-tipping prevention and this is our reward for the efforts of all the staff and our contractors involved. We have combined a highly flexible approach and good planning with a tough stance on fly-tipping, to ensure we keep North Norfolk looking good and as litter-free as possible.”

Other Gold Award winners were Truro in the cities category and Windsor and Eton in the towns category.
Runners-up were: Swansea (silver) and Birmingham (bronze) in the cities category; Southend (silver) and Church Stretton, Shropshire (bronze) in the towns category; and Hinckley and Bosworth (silver) and Alnwick, Northumberland (bronze) in the districts category.

A total of 12 city entries gained the top 5 Star grade: Birmingham City Council; Bristol City Council; Cardiff Council; City and County of Swansea; City of Lincoln Council; City of London Corporation; City of Wells; Plymouth City Council; Sheffield City Council; Truro City Council; Westminster City Council; and Worcester City Council.

Six town entries were also awarded 5 Star grades: Church Stretton, South Shropshire District Council; Dawlish Town Area, Teignbridge District Council; Southend High Street and Seafront, Southend Borough Council; Town of Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey County Council; Town of Camborne, Kerrier District Council; and Windsor & Eton Town Centres, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

A further 12 entries in the district category were awarded 5 Star grades: Alnwick District Council; Cherwell District Council; Elmbridge Borough Council; Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council; Chiswick Park, London; Mendip District Council; Mid Suffolk District Council; North Norfolk District Council; Rushcliffe Borough Council; South Gloucestershire Council; West Wiltshire District Council; and Wychavon District Council.

The British Cleaning Council runs the biennial Clean Britain Awards, with additional sponsorship this year from Gum Busters (part of the Osprey DeepClean Group) and Cleaning and Maintenance magazine, owned by Quartz Publishing and Exhibitions which also organises the Cleaning Show.

“We are delighted to bring to the attention of the general public the significant efforts being applied by so many people involved in keeping many parts of the UK clean and welcoming places to visit,” said BCC chairman, Steve Wright. “We all need to be aware that indiscriminate dropping of litter and other rubbish, particularly chewing gum and cigarette butts, is a dirty habit and all of us employed in the cleaning industry are doing our best to maintain an acceptable level of cleanliness in all of our cities, towns and rural districts. We urge members of the public to support cleaning staff wherever and whenever they can.”

The next Clean Britain Awards scheme will be launched in the Spring of 2010.

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