Enfield Council is to ramp up its street cleaning efforts during the summer to tackle fly-tipping hotspots and other problem areas.

The borough’s street-cleaning teams will carry out enhanced patrols at the borough’s parks during the week and be given extra resources to tackle fly tipping at the weekend.

They will also carry out intense street washing of shopping centres and council housing areas.

Street-washing shifts will start much earlier and temporary staff will support weekend clean-up efforts, while a mobile team will work in parks during the evenings to combat littering.

The council is also considering “amnesty days” for fly-tippers, which would allow people to bring their unwanted bulky items to agreed collection points.

The changes were discussed at a meeting of Enfield’s cabinet yesterday (Wednesday, July 4).

Council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan said: “This is a recognition that in the summer months, on occasion, our streets and parks are busier, and we are committed to keeping these open spaces clean and tidy.

“We can’t control the weather, but we can we can put efforts into making open spaces as tidy as possible.”

Cllr Caliskan added that it would help residents to feel “comfortable and safe”, and that the council wanted to ensure there were no ‘no-go areas’ due to safety fears.

The enhanced street-cleaning programmes will be in place by the end of July.

If they are a success, they could be extended.