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Islington announces borough-wide spring clean

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Pavements across Islington will be jet-washed as part of the plans

Pavements will be jet-washed and graffiti and chewing gum removed as part of large-scale tidying effort

A widespread spring clean is underway in Islington as members of the local community came together to tidy the borough’s streets, neighbourhoods and parks.

The council-led, borough-wide effort was kick-started by ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ weekend campaign, run by Keep Britain Tidy, but goes even further by running for four weeks.

Throughout March, members of the community will be asked to roll up their sleeves.

The ball was set rolling by Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, launched a spring clean and month-long unveiling of innovations with a visit to Nag’s Head shopping centre in Holloway, joining council workers.

Cllr Claudia Webbe (centre) joined council workers and members of the community for the clean-up effort

She also met children and teachers from Copenhagen School, near Caledonian Road, who all got stuck in – picking up litter and helping to keep nearby streets spotless.

Cllr Webbe said: “This is about the community coming together. We all share Islington’s streets and town centres and feel passionately about keeping them clean.

“We are committed to improving our environment for the benefit of everyone and hope to see everyone doing their bit for their borough.

“New innovations, alongside community spirit and involvement, as well as our dedicated teams, are what’s needed to keep the borough clean and tidy.”

A council statement said the Nag’s Head town centre area and others parts of Islington would be deep-cleaned with specialist teams jet-washing pavements, removing graffiti and chewing gum, washing commercial bins, litter-picking, filling in potholes in the road, clamping down on fly-tipping, dog fouling and drivers who leave their engines idling.

Visits will also be made to businesses by environmental health and trading standards teams. Meanwhile, Friends of Parks groups and other volunteers will also help get the borough’s green spaces ready to welcome the warmer weather around the corner.

Anyone wanting to get involved can visit islingtonlife.london/cleanup.