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Published: Monday, 28th October 2019

We know clean streets are important to you.

That’s why we invested £600,000 into our street cleaning budget last year.

And now it’s starting to pay off – and don’t just take our word for it.

Recently the Government asked the charity Keep Britain Tidy to carry out an independent assessment of the cleanliness of main roads across the country.

Inspectors visited the borough covertly to look how clean our highways were and gave us equivalent to a grade B or above on one visit and no lower than a B- on the other – meaning we scored 4 out of 5.

Our streets are now cleaned seven days a week, including Bank Holidays.

Last year the council took on 24 extra staff working on street cleaning and enforcement across the borough.

In addition, we have also added two new road sweepers – Bruce Springclean and Dustin Timberlake – to make sure our roads, pavements and ‘Backstreets’ aren’t ‘Filthy’.

Groups and residents such as the Big Failsworth Clean Up team, Ghazali Trust, MyColdhurst, Uppermill Community Action Network and Ruth Major are also continuing to do their bit and help clean up the borough.  

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “It’s been made really clear to me by residents that we must get the basics right and clean streets are a key part of that. 

“We’ve invested money in our streets cleaning service and this survey shows it is paying off.

“However, this is something that we can’t do alone. We’d love all our streets to be litter free and for that to happen people need to stop throwing their rubbish, cigarette butts and chewing gum on the floor and get rid of it properly.

“If everyone did that then Oldham would be cleaner and better place.”

To report littering use our online form at 

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