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Checking the environment online

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People in England can now go online to check on local government performance in managing key environmental problems such as litter, fly-posting and graffiti.

The final part of a two-year survey that assesses the quality of the local environment across the country has been published by Defra.

The Extended Local Environment Quality Survey of England was carried out to provide local authorities with the detailed information they need to target their resources effectively in tackling these issues.

Headline information from the survey is available on the Defra website so local residents can see how their area is shaping up.

Find out about your area on the Defra website

Environment Minister Jonathan Shaw said: “Local authorities wanted more detailed information to help them improve the state of their areas. Each individual report is a valuable tool that we hope will be used to inform local decisions about prioritising funding and work.

“It’s not just down to our local authorities - everyone has a part to play in keeping our streets clean - there’s much more we can all do to cut down on litter.

“I hope this information will also encourage people to think more carefully about how they treat their local environment.”

Cllr Paul Bettison, chairman of the Local Government Association of the Environment Board, said: “It is important that this work is carried out, so councils have a clear understanding of the steps needed to make the streets of their area better for local people.

“Councils are using their powers to get tough on the minority of people who spoil the local area for everyone else. Fines and on the spot penalties help make sure council tax is kept down and the environment protected.”

Results from 175 local authority surveys follow the 174 that were carried out last year and builds on the existing national survey, which is carried out for Defra annually by ENCAMS.

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