Harrow Council employs hi-tech systems for street cleaning

By November 9, 2010Articles

Harrow Council employs hi-tech systems for street cleaning

Contract Cleaning seems to be moving into the 21st century in Harrow as the local council has employed hi-tech gadgets to help it tackle graffiti, fly-tipping and litter.

Harrow Council is to use GPS devices and new software that is aimed at improving the route planning of the council’s cleaning teams, mapping complaints and providing near real-time information to the customer services contact centre, reports the Harrow Observer.

The measures, which will come with an initial outlay of £2 million, will result in savings of £6.9million a year during the next decade.

However, it is also likely the move will lead to 34 redundancies out of a department of around 160, leading to criticisms from public sector workers union Unison.

Assistant branch secretary Steve Compton told the news provider: “We know the directorate has to save £1 million so if this actually a redundancy exercise, just call it that, and let’s restructure the workforce and review the service standards.”

But councillor Phillip O’Dell, portfolio holder for environment and community
safety, responded: “This more responsive approach means that we can keep streets clean and safe at lower cost, and drive up resident satisfaction with the local area.”

Figures released earlier this year by Keep Britain Tidy revealed that local authorities spent over £850 million in 2009 to clear away litter from streets in England.

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