Salford City Council’s parks and streetscene team has been honoured at a national awards ceremony.
The local authority was chosen by judges in the large team of the year category at the Local Government Chronicle Awards which took place at Grosvenor House in London on Thursday 4 November.
The parks and streetscene team covers waste collection and recycling, street cleansing and managing parks and green spaces, and it has been praised for its pandemic response.
The 232 employees provide services to over 120,000 properties, approximately 10,000 businesses and over 250,000 residents.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to our parks and streetscene teams. They do a fantastic job for the people of Salford and this award is very rightly deserved.
“During the pandemic we were the only council in Greater Manchester to maintain all waste and recycling. This was despite an extra 11,931 tonnes of volume of waste and recycling and against the backdrop of a global pandemic where one third of staff had to isolate because of COVID-19 restrictions. Recycling rates increased from 46.87 per cent to 47.35 per cent.
“The team battled through all the obstacles thrown in their way and are an absolute credit to the city council.”
The teams also switched roles to maintain services and take on extra work including delivering food parcels, distributing over 9,000 food parcels for school children and delivering over 441,000 items of PPE to support the NHS, care homes, schools and other council staff.
The city’s parks and green space use increased by more than 450 per cent during the pandemic and staff worked tirelessly to keep people safe, support local voluntary groups and continue the parks investment programme which has seen more than £1 million worth of investment.