Council plans £100,000 rapid street cleaning team

Chewing gum and overflowing bins in Cambridge could be targeted by a new £100,000 a year street cleaning team.

Cambridge City Council is proposing to fund the "rapid response team" for four years and to buy a £75,000 vehicle.

Jean Swanson, executive councillor for waste services, said residents saw "cleanliness as a priority".

"We are launching the rapid response team so that we can respond to issues quickly and flexibly when they arise," she said.

The team would complement the "excellent work being done by our existing street cleaners", Ms Swanson said.

She said the Liberal Democrat-run council would discuss the proposal next month and the team could be launched in April.

It is not known how many staff would be required.

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