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High streets to be transformed thanks to funding worth more than £250,000

High Street Clean Up

Mayor Biggs and Cllr Asma Islam joined council staff for a high street clean up

Grot spots in Tower Hamlets are set for a makeover and will be deep cleaned as a series of High Street Clean Ups sweep across the borough.

More than £250,000 has been set aside from the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund to tackle litter and grime in high streets and town centres, which will include deep cleaning of pavements, graffiti removal, fly tip collection and litter picking

Nearly £3m of funding has been committed through the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund to support residents, businesses and the work of community organisations recover from the impact of the pandemic.  

The Mayor’s High Street Clean Ups are a series of targeted days and involve council teams working with volunteers to make the area litter-free and more attractive to residents, visitors and shoppers.

A skilled, multi service team of officers will be out over the next four weeks to tackle dirt and grime, help fix any broken street furniture and highway wear and tear.

Volunteers from local businesses are welcome to join the litter blitz.

Hotspots include: Chrisp Street Market, Manchester Road, Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, Columbia Road, Mile End Road and Roman Road.

The full timetable can be viewed here

The Mayor visited Watney Market on 24 February to meet our hard-working council officers as they blitz the area.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
Keeping our streets clean is a top priority and the High Street Clean Ups are part of our efforts to make Tower Hamlets a cleaner, greener and safer borough. The funding boost we’re providing will enable us to do some targeted deep cleans and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”

Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet member for Environment and Planning said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Mayor John Biggs has chosen to fund such a great initiative. We live in a great borough and need to make sure everyone takes responsibility to keep it clean by not dropping litter. As the weather gets warmer, we will be spending more time outside so let's work together to make sure our streets are the best they can be.”

Residents can report street cleaning issues anytime via the council’s free Love Your Neighbourhood app, available on Android and Apple devices.  

Alternatively, people can use a simple online form on the council website at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/reportit  


Posted on Monday 28th February 2022