The Outdoor Amenities team was out in force last week treating Kilmarnock town centre to a Spring ‘deep clean’.
Each day the taskforce, consisting of the normal clean up team with 20 additional employees working over 200 extra hours, worked between 8am and 10am power washing the streets; under bins and street furniture; removing cigarette ends and generally removing any grime and dirt from our streets.
Additional street sweepers were also drafted in to help with the deep clean, ensuring that pavements were mechanically swept.
During the course of the week colleagues from the Corporate Enforcement Unit ran an enforcement campaign with Police Scotland targeting Cumnock and Kilmarnock town centres on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May.
This action led to nine Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) being issued within the town centres and a further six FPN’s being issued out with the town centre including two successfully issued to individuals caught fly tipping.
Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety said: “There is no reason why our town centres can’t be pristine. Everyone has a responsibility to take action when it comes to littering; the Council can organise taskforces and the CEU can issue Fixed Penalty Notices but it will take our communities to stop littering to ensure that the deep clean lasts.
“The Council takes a zero tolerance approach to littering and we need you to do the same. Please encourage others not to litter, only when it becomes widely unacceptable will littering stop.
“I would like to thank the Outdoor Amenities team and the CEU for their hard work throughout the week and for ensuring the town centre is clean for the local community and visitors to the town.”
Over the next few weeks, new ashtray bins will be positioned at key points around the town centre which have been identified as areas where a number of people gather to smoke.