All Council owned public land should be cleansed on at least an eight weekly basis. Some areas around schools, shops and areas of high footfall will have a higher frequency.
When we cleanse an area we use a combination of litter picking, manual sweeping and mechanical sweeping depending on the needs of an area. We do not always send all our resources to an area if they are not needed as this would be inefficient - for example, if an area only requires litter picking we will not send manual or mechanical sweepers.
We split our cleansing schedules into 8 weeks. Every area will be visited at least once during this time. Some areas will be visited on higher frequencies, receiving fortnightly or even daily visits - especially around schools and shops. Daily refers to the whole week, Monday to Sunday (not just Monday to Friday) - except Christmas Day when we take a well deserved break.
Schedules can be delayed by public holidays, bad weather (especially snow, when we suspend cleansing so our crews can help with gritting footpaths) and exceptional circumstances that require us to divert the crews away from their planned routes.
Week commencing dates for May, June and July are:
15th May - Week 3
22nd May - Week 4
29th May - Week 5**
5th June - Week 6
12th June - Week 7
19th June - Week 8
26th June - Week 1
3rd July - Week 2
10th July - Week 3
17th July - Week 4
24th July - Week 5
31st July - Week 6
**Cleansing Days may not be in the scheduled order due to the bank holiday
You can find the cleansing frequencies in our easy to use Excel document - Street Cleansing Schedule (XLSX, 24KB)
Useful contacts for cleansing non-council land: