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Islington Tribune - by PETER GRUNER
Published: 6 February 2009
‘Sweep away rubbish outside Tube station’ plea to clean-up teams

CLEAN-up campaigners in Archway have called for a drive against rubbish outside the Tube station and in the shopping area.
Residents say the litter problem is a “disgrace” which is ruining the improving image of the area. They spoke out after Islington Council promised to combat street drinking and graffiti.
Kate Calvert, chairwoman of the Better Archway Forum, said the rubbish had to be tackled to stop the area looking so rundown. “The area outside Archway Tube is absolutely dreadful,” she added. “They should have a dedicated cleaner to brush it every day. And we need more bins.
“We need everyone involved in the area, including London Underground, Islington Council and the local landlords, to sit around a table and come up with a solution.
We know the wind tends to blow rubbish around the station – that’s why it needs a daily clean. But everyone is saying it’s not our job. The trouble is that litter always increases the perception of crime.”

The council has promised to introduce patrols to crack down on street drinking, and is to carry out jet-washing of shopping areas and graffiti removal.
In September last year, 923 people responded to a council survey about Archway town centre.
Best-liked were particular shops and services (48 per cent), transport links (25 per cent) and the convenience of local shops (19 per cent).
Least popular were the look and feel of Archway Tower/Archway Mall (33 per cent), cleanliness, especially around the station and mall, (24 per cent) and traffic, particularly the gyratory system (20 per cent).

Lib Dem executive member for business Councillor Lucy Watt said: “It’s clear from the huge number of responses that people in Archway care deeply about where they live, and like many things about the area, particularly the shops.”
Sergeant Andy Sibley, from Junction Safer Neighbourhoods police team, said: “This is all about promoting our presence and encouraging people to tell us their worries so we’re better equipped to deal with the things that matter to them.”

Key new measures planned for Archway include patrols by the council, police and Pilion Trust charity to tackle street drinking and begging, jet-washing of main trading areas and graffiti removal, more flowers and planters for Junction Road, extra patrols before and after school to tackle anti-social behaviour by young people and continued lobbying for the removal of the gyratory traffic system.

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