Figures released by Birmingham City Council have shown that 58% of the city’s wards are failing to reach the council’s self-set inspection target for litter on Birmingham streets.
The council, which sets itself a target of 5% of sites being marked as unsatisfactory, revealed that out of Birmingham’s 40 wards, only 17 are meeting the target, with 23 performing worse than the target.
Antony Greener, Director for Waste Management at Birmingham City Council, said:
“This data enables us to look at how we are doing, identify trends and targets areas where improvement is needed. The Environmental Quality Survey doesn’t just look at council services but looks at the environmental quality of the streets/areas themselves. This applies to all land, including Council-owned, leased and private land.”
However, 2015-2016, was the worst year yet for the council as it saw its missed target increase by 20% in just 12 months, with the council missing its target by only 37.5% in the previous year.
Antony went on to accept that the current system in Birmingham does not deliver for every ward and that the data will be used as part of the Cleaner, Greener Streets campaign, saying that:
“It also shows that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to environmental services and our current ways of working are not delivering even results across the city.
While we’ll be using this information as motivation to improve and shape our services going forward, we’re also working with local communities and partners through our ongoing Cleaner, Greener Streets campaign.”
Street litter is not the only category that the council is failing in. The same figures also show that the council also missed the targets for fly-posting (Putting up advertising posters in unauthorised places) by 66.50% last year and its graffiti by 30.50%.
However, the council has seen an improvement for the number of wards failing their respective targets for waste and debris, which fell by 4.35% to 59.15% and weed growth which fell to 70%, a fall of 5% on previous years.