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Salisbury City Council, Idverde and East Hampshire District Council celebrate award for cleanest city
Salisbury City Council welcomed street cleaning contractor Idverde and East Hampshire District Council, who provide environmental enforcement services, to the Guildhall last week, to celebrate Salisbury being one of the cleanest cities in the UK.
The Solar Centre ranked more than 50 UK cities across 10 measurements, including litter, CO2 emissions and pollution, to judge which was the greenest. Salisbury ranked as No.1 for having the lowest littering rate in England and alongside coming top in the 2019 Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, Salisbury is a city on the up! Being credited for "showing real collective spirit", for having some of the best schools in the South West, a thriving market and for a strong cultural offering, Salisbury was voted the overall winner.
The celebration marked the dedication of Salisbury City Council's Environmental Services department, who along with Idverde and East Hampshire District Council, maintain the city's clean streets. The city also has many litterbins available to visitors and residents and it is this teamwork that helps keep Salisbury clean and tidy.
"It's a privilege to live and work in Salisbury," said Jeremy Nettle, leader of the Council. "If we all play our part we can keep our city clean and litter free."
EH Commercial Services provides the litter enforcement services that helped Salisbury win the award. it currently provides litter enforcement services to eight local councils around the south, including Salisbury City Council.
The company, wholly-owned by EHDC, provides regular patrols by uniformed officers to discourage littering. Littering is a criminal offence, with offenders in Salisbury offered an opportunity to pay a £75 fine, rather than go to court and risk a much higher fine and a criminal conviction.
Chris Bradley, of EHCS, said: "As a local authority-owned company our focus is on delivering a high quality, ethical service that costs councils less and helps to improve the environment for communities and businesses.
"We are delighted that Salisbury has been recognised as having the least litter in England and proud we have been able to play our part in that."
23rd May 2019