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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Street Cleansing

Street Cleansing Information

Ribble Valley has the largest geographical area within Lancashire covering 583 square kilometres (226 square miles) and contains 680 km of carriageway /roads and 318 km of footpaths.

The Street Cleansing service is undertaken by the Council`s own workforce using six full time staff. They are supported by a hired mechanical sweeper working four days per week and a hired mechanical footpath sweeper working one day each week. An additional two mechanical sweepers are hired for sweeping up leaf fall during autumn and winter months.

The service is operated 365 days each year with the staff undertaking a range of duties from litter picking, sweeping, removal of flytipped material (includes looking for evidence), picking up roadkill, leaf clearance and weedspraying.

The Citizens Charter sets the following Service Standards for cleaning streets:

  • Litter pick the streets in the town centre of Clitheroe, Longridge and Whalley on a daily basis.
  • Mechanically sweep the streets in town centres and high-density residential areas on a six-weekly cycle.
  • Mechanically sweep all other streets and main roads on a 13-weekly cycle.
  • Remove flytipped waste and large accumulations of litter within two working days of being notified.
  • Prosecute people who flytip where there is sufficient evidence to do so.

Since these Standards were set, demands on the limited resources have increased in all areas of work undertaken. To maintain the same high standard of cleanliness of the streets and roads within the Ribble Valley without increasing service costs, resources are now used more effectively, thus allowing the service to retain the flexibility to provide a more responsive service targeting areas where they are most needed.

For information on dog fouling see the Dog warden service.

For further information or to report a litter problem please contact the Council on 01200 425111.