Nottingham City Council’s high profile frontline services have won the APSE Award for Best Service Team for Street Cleansing and Streetscene Services. 

The Association for Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony took place in Swansea last week and Nottingham City Council’s Streetscene Teams were recognised for “developing innovative partnership work with Nottingham Clean Champions, Community Protection, Community Payback Service and Nottingham City Homes as well as developing more biodiverse neighbourhoods.” 

The winning submission focussed on: 

  • Volunteer and partnership working 
  • Implementation of the waste and graffiti action group 
  • Herbicide free streets 
  • Urban wilding 
  • Re-designed city centre public realm 
  • Development of the Green Heart strategy. 

City Council Portfolio for Environment, Energy & Waste, Cllr Sally Longford, said:  “I’m delighted that the outstanding efforts of our workers and citizens have been recognised on a national stage at these prestigious awards.

“Our dedicated teams work hard to ensure we provide the best service to our citizens and respond to their needs to make sure we increase satisfaction and maintain our Grade A standard of cleaning. 

“I am particularly proud of the work around making our neighbourhoods greener and more bee friendly, as this all helps us achieve our CN28 pledge, plus the outstanding contribution of our Clean Champions. 

“Our thanks go to everyone who has helped us, from our fantastic frontline staff and partners to our citizens.” 

Paul O’Brien, APSE Chief Executive, said: “This year we received an overwhelming number of submissions for the Awards, with each one demonstrating a clear commitment to the goals of continuous improvement and the delivery of excellence in public services. From parks to school meals, from collecting bins to caring for older people, it is a real honour to recognise the fantastic work local councils do at the frontline.”