When choosing places to move to, seeing litter, graffiti and too much flyposting in the streets of a neighbourhood won’t make you want to live in that particular area. Recently, and for the first time, council bins bosses have released information about the cleanliness of Birmingham’s 40 wards with the aim of making residents realise about the level of cleanliness in their neighbourhoods.
70 places in each 40 wards are inspected and rated once a year about litter, graffiti and flyposting. By publishing these rates, councillors and council staff intend to make plans and take action to deal with grime.
The cleanest places in Birmingham
According to the 2015/16 street cleansing inspection performance data these were the cleanest neighbourhoods in the area of Birmingham:
- Acocks Green: this neighbourhood met all its targets and got good ratings in litter and graffiti. Our estate agents in Acocks Green are certain that these figures will help homeowners in this area sell their homes for a better price.
- Sutton Coldfield: all wards in Sutton Coldfield obtained a good rating, with the exception of Sutton Four Oaks, which doesn’t meet the target in flyposting.
- Stockland Green: this ward had great ratings in every section.
- Moseley: Mosely and Kings Heath are part of the same ward and have been traditionally recognised as really nice areas to live. They get the best rating in graffiti.
- Kings Heath
The dirtiest places in Birmingham
None of the following areas met their targets in litter, flyposting and graffiti:
- Handsworth Wood
- Lozells & East Handsworth
- Bordesley Green
Lozells & East Handsworth have the worst rating in litter. Ladywood, which isn’t in this list because it has good ratings in litter and graffiti got, however, the worst rating in flyposting. Finally, Sparkbrook is the one with the worst result in graffiti.
All these areas really need to improve in terms of cleanliness and the publication of this data is a first step to improve them. Cleaner streets tend to be a top priority for citizens and it is also a responsibility for everyone.
In addition, a more civic attitude contributes to save money. Birmingham City Council spent £1.5 million in just two years on cleaning up fly-tipped rubbish.
Council leader John Clancy is determined to monitor the figures to improve the results. In order to do this, the Council will look to ensure bins are emptied regularly and that companies manage well their waste. It will also set up litter patrols.
NOTE: There is no data about Bartley Green, Harborne, Nechells, Soho, South Yardley and Weoley because they are scheduled to be inspected before the end of the 2015/16 financial year. For more information, check the full list.
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