Council waste team praised for ''above and beyond'' clean-ups

Environment FIrst at Eastbourne DGH
Eastbourne Borough Council's street cleansing crews have gone into overdrive during lockdown taking on extra duties to keep the town looking its best.

The Environment First team has extended its rounds into areas the council is not responsible for cleaning, to ensure people enjoy tidy surroundings when they go out for exercise.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet member for Climate Change, said: "Both street cleansing and waste crews have gone above and beyond during this time of crisis.

"For many of us, getting a dose of fresh air and exercise has recently taken on greater significance for the physical and mental benefits it provides, and stepping out into clean surroundings really adds to this enjoyment."

Environment First staff have been litter-picking, weeding, emptying bins and sweeping in community areas, open spaces and car parks when needed - whether they are publicly or privately owned.

Retail car parks across the town, Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, Golden Jubilee Way bridge and the car park of the District General Hospital are among the sites being targeted.

A large flytip creating an eyesore in a car park on Brodrick Road was also cleared.

Councillor Dow added: "Not only are all our household waste services operating at their usual high level, the team's commitment to caring for our environment is second-to-none. Well done Environment First!"