cleaner streets
cleaner streets

THE Council has launched a recruitment drive for frontline staff as part of an ambitious plan to invest in city neighbourhoods and the environment.

As part of the 2022/23 budget, the council is investing an extra £1.2m to enhance cleaning and maintenance programmes across Newcastle neighbourhoods.

Cllr Ged Bell says: ‘’Our neighbourhoods and estates are a top priority, we know residents take a pride in where they live.
We want to keep our neighbourhoods safe, clean and green so that’s why we’re investing in their future. Neighbourhoods should be places where local people can meet, exercise, youngsters can play out and walk or school to school and where residents feel safe.

‘’The extra cash will help improve the look of estates across the city. Getting the little things right is what residents want.”

The proposed work is not only good for tackling the climate change agenda but good for people’s mental health and well-being.

The council is recruiting 20 more cleaning staff and will lease or buy new vehicles and equipment. The investment will deliver:
* Improved strimming to make neighbourhoods more attractive
* Better cleaning for key routes into the city
* Improved weed treatment, shrub maintenance and grass cutting
* Develop new bulb planting sites
* Develop new wildflower meadow sites
* More community activities with residents, Newcastle Climate Change, Girl Guides and YHN

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