A report to Westminster Council’s Audit and Performance Committee says that there has been a “marked increase in the levels of litter, detritus and flyposting deposits on Westminster streets”. The report says;
“There has been a marked deterioration in the levels of litter and detritus as measured by our independent surveyors. 10% (target, 3%) of streets sampled were assessed as having litter evident, 5.9% (target, 3%) of streets were assessed as having unacceptable levels of detritus and 1.4% (target, 1%) of streets were assessed as having unacceptable levels of Fly posting.”
In 2011Conservative-run Westminster Council cut 74 out of 144 weekend street sweepers to help save £3.75m.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“This latest report has confirmed what every resident has known for months – Westminster’s streets have got a lot dirtier since the Council cut its weekend street sweeping service. This is a totally unacceptable situation and Labour Councillors will be putting forward proposals at the Budget meeting on 6th March to clean up Westminster’s streets”
“Earlier this week, Council Leader Philippa Roe claimed that Westminster Council is “Bubbling with intellectual flair… bold, ideological and on the move”. Perhaps, this report will bring her back down to earth and get her out on the streets collecting the litter”