Hounslow’s street cleaning team scrubbed up well at the Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) awards, scooping a top accolade for its services in the borough.

Street cleaning contractors, Hounslow Highways, bagged the quality improvement award for their fresh way of thinking and efforts to communicate with residents.

This included enforcement activities carried out with the council at joint action days, getting involved in the Metropolitan Police Junior Citizen Scheme as well as using leaf fall reports from previous years and feedback to determine hotspot areas and increase cleansing efficiency.

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Hounslow Highways service director, Martin Clack, said: “In the three years that Hounslow Highways has been responsible for street cleaning, there has been a continuous improvement.

“I would like to express my thanks to all staff that made this possible from our street cleaners to senior management.

“There are still challenges that we face, but I am confident we have the strategies and knowledge to tackle them.”

In previous KBT survey results, Hounslow has always scored above the London average for quality of street cleaning.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow council, said: “Hounslow Council has pledged to make Hounslow a cleaner, greener borough and get streets cleaner. This a fantastic effort by everyone and we are very proud to win this award.

“We want to make sure our borough is a place where people feel proud to live and work, but everyone has a part to play to make this happen.

“By not dropping litter, reporting things like dirty streets and fly tipping, will help us create a better borough together.”

Hounslow Highways were also finalists in the team of the year category but lost out to Blackpool council waste services team.