Clean sweep for council team at national awards

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COUNCIL workers are celebrating after having their efforts to keep the borough spick and span rewarded.

North Tyneside Council has been given a national prize in this year’s Chartered Institution of Waste Management Clean Britain Awards.

The council retained its five-star award – the highest grade – along with a gold award for the best medium-sized local authority. It was also named as overall national award winner.

The awards and ratings are based on unannounced inspections of random locations in the borough by judges as well as the council’s entry submission.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “I know how important keeping our borough clean and tidy is for our residents, so achieving the best overall authority award is fantastic news.

“This achievement recognises the strides we’ve made to make this a cleaner and greener borough.

“However, this rating wouldn’t be possible without the daily efforts of our staff, and I would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

Steve Lee, chief executive of the institution, said: “Our communities deserve well-maintained and attractive public places, and the Clean Britain Awards recognise and reward the efforts made by councils to keep our local areas clean and welcoming.”