Tower Hamlets Councillor wins award for borough’s clean streets
Councillor Shahed Ali , Cabinet Member for Environment, has won a prestigious award at the fourth annual Improvement and Efficiency Awards held by iESE (Improvement, Efficiency, Social Enterprise) for the improvement and maintenance of the cleanliness of Tower Hamlets’ streets. Cllr Ali’s award comes hot on the heels of the Council winning a ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ award for the cleanest streets in the UK .
The Tower Hamlets Councillor received a silver award for Transforming Local Services after impressing the judging panel with his clear leadership and innovation during the lead up to the Olympic Games, which included the introduction of more frequent street bin collections during the Games.
Councillor Ali led on the programme to declutter the key Olympic routes as well as Brick Lane. This entailed the removal of large bulky and unsightly bins.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman , said: “Congratulations to Cllr Ali on winning another award. There have been real improvements in the borough’s cleanliness because of his strong vision and leadership on environmental issues. The evidence is clear to see with the streets being the cleanest they have ever been.”
Cllr Ali, said: “I am very proud to accept the award. It’s as a result of all the hard work put in by everyone involved in keeping our borough clean and I would like to thank council officers for the continued support in the delivery of these important front line services.
iESE is owned, led and governed by councils. They are a not-for-profit social enterprise that helps public bodies throughout the UK deliver improved services at lower cost. For more information about iESE and its awards, visit www.iese.gov.uk/introducing- iese.
Notes to Editors:
- The project worked on a phased approach, uncluttering groups of roads and putting in place a pre-paid sack collection system for both businesses and residents in those locations. This allowed a change in the way the rubbish was collected from a weekly collection, to collections that happen three times a day, not only helping to keep the borough in good order but helping to increase the amount of commercial recycling captured and in doing so reduce the amount of waste that is transported to landfill.
- The results were immediate, particularly at the start point, Brick Lane , where visitors and residents were delighted at the improved street scene and knock on effect on local cleanliness and compliance in waste management. Post-Olympics the council has continued de-cluttering the public highway, with a total of 20 major roads converted to the collection programme and work in progress in Whitechapel Market.
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