Sunday, 15 July 2018

Cleaning contract given to new firm

A NEW company has been appointed to deep clean the pavements in Henley.

A NEW company has been appointed to deep clean the pavements in Henley.

Biffa will take over from Veolia and will carry out its first clean as soon as possible with two more later this year.

The town council has agreed a deal with the company worth £8,702.

A Biffa report to the council suggested carrying out two weed-spraying sessions and two street cleans in addition to cleaning the individual bins in the town centre.

The company says it will clean the pavements with specialist equipment such as a steam washing machine, which can remove gum.

It will also carry out a survey to ensure that street cleaning is timed to cause as little disruption as possible.

The report said: “There are approximately 60 litter bins in the cleansing area.

“The deep clean crew would apply a safe cleansing material to each litter bin and then scrub the bin manually.

“We would then use a hot pressure wash to rinse the bin off, followed by a wipe with a chamois type cloth to leave the bin run-free and clean.”

The company provided a breakdown of costs and predicted time slots as follows: May - street clean (£4,251), weed spraying (£300) litter bin clean (£450); October - street clean (£3,401), weed spraying (£300).

Biffa has also pledged £400 in sponsorship of a town-related project to be agreed.

Speaking at a town and community committee meeting, Councillor David Nimmo Smith said the deal represented good value.

Councillor Will Hamilton added: “This is a very good company. Our town at the moment isn’t clean enough. They make it quite clear they will clean around litter bins, which is disgusting at the moment.”

Councillor Pam Phillips suggested asking food businesses in Market Place to help clean outside their premises following a number of complaints.

In September 2013, the council discussed the cleanliness of the streets following complaints from residents and awarded a contract to Veolia.

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