Bright and shiny Southwold

People living in the Southwold area of Bicester can look forward to extra neat and tidy streets from next week.

Published: Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Cherwell District Council’s street cleansing team will be out on force in the week beginning Monday 22 July with a focus on blitzing litter, graffiti and fly-tipping.

There will be a chance to scoop recycling freebies at a roadshow event at the Holm Way shops on Tuesday 23. Recycling officers will be tackling common waste and recycling queries and inviting people to play ‘spin the wheel’ to test their recycling knowledge and win freebies including reusable drinks bottles, pencils made from recycled materials, and food waste caddy liners.

Cllr Dan Sames, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “We know that people in Bicester do a great job sorting their waste and recycling. That’s why we have a recycling rate of 55.6 per cent, however, our ambition is to do more. We want to increase both quantity and quality of recyclable material and correct common mistakes such as putting recyclables in plastic bags. Remember that bathroom objects such as aerosol cans and shower gel bottles are just as recyclable as cans and drink cartons.”

“Keeping our residential areas clean and tidy is important to us all and this is reflected in wanting to maintain Southwold as a great place to live. We will be supporting people’s enjoyment of their public spaces by cracking down on litter and graffiti, especially on the play areas and will give the whole area a lift for summer. Hopefully this will engender a pride of place which can be kept going for the rest of the year.”

The campaign will also see bin crews stickering people’s bins to refresh their knowledge of what goes in which bin.

The area covered by the neighbourhood blitz campaign runs from Heather Road in the north to Woodfield Road in the south. West to east it covers the area from Taylor Close and Willow Drive to Buckingham Road.

The recycling stall will be at the Holm Way shops from 9:00am to 2:00pm.