SKDC hails The Big Clean a very big success

South Kesteven District Council is celebrating the end of the first phase of its Big Clean programme, which has been widely acclaimed for the improvement it has made to appearance of the district.

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For 12 weeks, dedicated teams have been busy tackling weeds, clearing fly-tipping, mending broken street furniture and cleaning road signs across the district.

The Big Clean is part of the Council's commitment to raising the district's street standard to help make the area a better, more attractive environment in which to live, work and invest.

Dozens of businesses have come on board to help, committing to keep their immediate vicinity clean and tidy and proudly displaying a Big Clean sticker to demonstrate their support. Armies of local volunteers also enlisted to work alongside the Big Clean teams.

Hundreds of 'before and after' photos have been published on social media by the council and residents, showing how unloved areas have been transformed.

SKDC has confirmed that a permanent team will continue the Big Clean's good work with a second team coming on board in 2018. The public can continue to flag up problem areas on the council website ( so that they can be cleaned up.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: "The Big Clean has had a big impact during the first phase. It has jump started our Higher Street Standard and the campaign has really caught the public imagination. The Big Clean

doesn't stop here though, and we are committed to maintaining a higher street standard and hope that the public will continue to support us in this effort.

"It's been bigger and better supported than we could have hoped and the teams have had countless compliments from residents to say what a good job they have been doing. We have also had lots of fantastic feedback via social media.

"The project has not only transformed areas right across the district, but it has also brought the community together to take a pride in our local area. It has been a pleasure working with so many residents and litter-picking groups."

A video highlighting the project's initial 12 weeks of operations has now been released on SKDC's YouTube Channel (Google 'SKDC YouTube'), confirms Cllr Moseley,

"Take a look at our video to see how teams and volunteers have worked together to make our district look great."

Follow #SKBigClean on social media as the project continues into 2018 and beyond.