Everyone will soon have access to detailed information about the cleanliness and quality of their local environment, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett announced last week.
As an expansion of the Local Environment Quality Survey for England, over the next two years all districts in England will be scrutinised on everything from the number of litter-strewn streets to the quality of litter bin collections.
The results will be available online, and will eventually be searchable by postcode.
“But more importantly, it will enable every member of the public to do the same. For this reason, every local authority has a responsibility to ensure its communities are ones people can be proud of.”
Beckett also highlighted the importance for councils to use new powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act to deal with those who litter, graffiti and fly-tip.
She said: “We have given them [local authorities] the powers to clamp down on such behaviour — now they must start using them.”