Streets and open spaces - operation team

Over 150 staff in the streets and open spaces team work every day to keep Cambridge’s streets clean and tidy.

Our Streets and Open Spaces operation team consists of five smaller teams with specific roles. They work closely with residents, community and campaign groups to keep Cambridge clean, green and safe.

Street cleansing

We clear streets and shop fronts in the city centre every day, and sweep all residential streets regularly. The team empties litter bins and dog bins in the city centre and across parks and open spaces. We also remove graffiti and clear needles as well as taking part in community clean ups.

Grounds maintenance

The team maintains all council housing and highway grass and shrub beds across the across the city. They carry out the maintenance of the city’s parks and open spaces, and cemeteries and crematoriums.

City Rangers

The City Rangers proactively look for, and resolve environmental issues across Cambridge. They cover a wide variety of issues including graffiti, bike releases and abandoned bikes. They also attend educational events and give school talks to educate students across Cambridge.

The team has eight staff members which cover North / South / East and West Cambridge. This includes a dedicated city centre Ranger and support staff who assist in dealing with special projects.

The City Ranger service works closely with members of the public, residents groups and other agencies.

Dog warden

The dog warden patrols Cambridge to increase people's awareness of the requirement to clear up after their dogs. The council also collects stray dogs within Cambridge and works alongside local animal charities to deliver educational roadshows

Public realm enforcement

This team investigates instances of environmental crime in public places across the city, taking enforcement action where necessary. The team provide advice on fly-tipping, litter, waste (duty of care), illegal advertising, abandoned and nuisance vehicles, and more.

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