SPICK and span Bulwell (pictured) has played a key role in the decision to name Nottingham one of the cleanest cities in the country.
Bulwell town centre was held up as a shining example when Nottingham won top prize in the ‘big city’ category at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) awards.
Nottingham City Council also received a ‘five-star’ commendation award for keeping its streets clean in partnership with local residents.
Comments from the judges included: “The shopping centre in Bulwell is an example to all local authorities as to what a clean shopping centre looks like. Nottingham City Council should be very proud at achieving this standard.”
Overall, Truro in Cornwall, with a population of less than 18,000, won the award for the UK’s cleanest city. Nottingham, with a population of 280,000, was runner-up, ahead of Birmingham, Cardiff, Lincoln, Plymouth, Westminster and Worcester.
Nottingham is also shortlisted for a Keep Britain Tidy national award for innovation in cleansing and will find out the outcome later this month.
Coun Katrina Bull (Lab), the city council’s lead member for environment and climate change, said: “A clean environment not only improves people’s satisfaction with where they live but also helps them feel safe.
“Making Nottingham a clean city is right at the top of local people’s priorities, and we have been striving to make the city the UK’s cleanest.
“We are really pleased to be the cleanest big city but we will not be resting on our laurels. We have more improvement plans in place and together, we can make Nottingham even cleaner.
“This award is also a recognition of the determined efforts of all the citizens, groups and staff that have done so much to make Nottingham the cleanest of cities.
“This success reflects our relentless drive to ensure that Nottingham is a fantastic place to live, work in and visit.
“We closely monitor cleanliness standards, so we were confident that our city performs well compared to other cities in the UK. But it’s fantastic to have this independently confirmed.