Littered street cleared by council thanks to our Clean Up campaign
A STREET was cleaned up by the council yesterday just 24 hours after the Derby Telegraph raised concerns.
Ranjit Banwait, the city council's Streetpride cabinet member, said this showed the authority would act to clean up Derby.
After reading about our new campaign, Satnam Chaira, of Friar Gate News, contacted the Derby Telegraph to report the state of the road, saying takeaway rubbish was littering the pavements.
We pointed out his concerns to Derby City Council on Tuesday – and yesterday, street-cleaners worked hard to make the street spotless.
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Mr Chaira said: "It was a really nice surprise. Not just one man came along to clean the street – it was a whole group of them. They swept both sides with sweeping machines.
"They also sent people to unblock the drain, which has been a problem for ages.
"I think the amount of litter used to put people off walking down the pavement. If it was me, I would have crossed over to the other side too because I wouldn't want to break my neck on the rubbish on the street. But now it looks spotless."
Ranjit Banwait, deputy leader of Derby City Council, said people who drop litter "do not love the city" – and to prove it, he took part in a litter-picking operation in Allenton last night.
The litter-pick was part of the Citizens on Patrol programme, which encourages people to raise issues in their area and help to resolve them.
Mr Banwait said if all the people in Derby supported the Clean Up campaign then "we could eliminate litter in a day".
He said: "I'm very pleased the Derby Telegraph has embraced this matter and is doing its important part in the campaign. We're trying to get the public involved in this.
"I believe we're all born into this world with a civic responsibility.
"In a time of dwindling resources, the fundamental question now is what is the role of the citizen? It's about us all doing our little bit."