Pledge to keep town clean


Businesses are being asked their views on its community charter plans.

At an unveiling of lamp post banners, with a Love Woolwich, Don’t Litter  message,  businesses were asked their views on the details for the new Royal Greenwich Business Community Charter. ~

Councillor Danny Thorpe, the deputy leader, and Councillor Jackie Smith, cabinet member for community safety and environment held a walkabout around Woolwich town centre  to promote the council’s Love campaign to make the borough a cleaner and tidier place.

The Royal Greenwich Business Community Charter and the Royal Greenwich Resident Community Charter, featuring the Council’s key pledges to keep the borough shipshape, are to be launched at the end of the month.

Residents and businesses will be invited to sign up and make a number of promises to help support the major clean-up . The council pledges to invest in the latest street cleaning machines, hold regular town centre inspections and providing a first class commercial waste removal service.

Businesses can pledge to keep their premises looking attractive, to encourage their customers to bin litter and to make sure their rubbish is collected by a licensed waste carrier. Residents can promise not to drop litter, cigarette ends or gum and to make sure they put their rubbish and recycling in the correct collection bins.

The Council’s pledges also include taking enforcement action against all kinds of enviro-crime including fly-tipping, littering and graffiti. Cllr Smith said:   “We want to build upon the huge amount of civic pride people have across the whole of the borough to encourage everyone to do their bit to help keep our streets clean and tidy.

“We know it is a top priority for residents and businesses alike that our high streets look their best which is why we are investing in our street cleaning services and cracking down on all forms of environmental crime.”

Cllr Danny Thorpe, said: “The borough has an amazing heritage and is set to have a great future thanks to major investment from multiple regeneration schemes. We have master plans to regenerate all out our town centres and so it is vital that we do all we can to support this by making them places everyone can feel proud of and enjoy spending time in.”

Tenzin Dakpa from Kailash Momo Tibetan Restaurant in Woolwich New Road, was  among the businesses welcoming the Love Woolwich campaign and the plans for a business charter.   He said: “It’s a really good idea and will support businesses.

I like the principle of everyone working together to make Woolwich a nicer place for all to enjoy.

“Russell Clarke, the owner of Equitable House in Greens End which features the Coffee Lounge café and office space for the Metro charity, said: “I wholeheartedly support this campaign. Woolwich town centre is pretty good as it is but this will make it even better.”

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