Neighbourhood Action Team
The Neighbourhood Action Team is responsible for taking a pro-active role in the cleanliness and appearance of the Borough's streets, public open spaces and woodlands, ensuring that Brentwood is a clean and green place for all to enjoy.
Their work is on top of the daily scheduled work currently carried out by the Grounds and Street Cleansing teams, to enhance existing features and assets.
The Neighbourhood Action Team enhances the work of the Operational teams that already work hard to keep the streets of Brentwood clean and green. The work carried out creates a visual impact within wards making Brentwood a cleaner and greener place for all to enjoy.
If you know of an area that would benefit from their work, this is a great opportunity for you to highlight to your Ward members details of hot spots that require attention within your ward who will advise the Neighbourhood Action Team's manager who will endeavour to schedule work in subject to resources. To find your local councillor go to My Property.
Examples of types of work the team will carry out:
Cutting back vegetation, including site lines and hedges:
- All year if it is a health and safety issue
- After flowering
- No cutting hedges between the end of February - end of May (Bird nesting season)
Edging pathways (All year round)
Planting trees and shrubs (Autumn/Winter only, irrigation will be required if at other times)
Weeding flower beds (Dry conditions only)
Bulb planting (October for bulbs, April in the green i.e. snowdrops)
Reinstatement of verges (please note this is an ECC function however will undertake emergency reinstatements)
- Turf or seed depending on weather conditions
Shrub pruning (Winter/Autumn or Spring after flowering)
Application of wood chip to shrub beds (weed control)
De-suckering of trees and lifting crowns
Painting of play equipment, litter bins, benches and railings
Installation of benches
Blitz litter picking
Bubble gum removal
Graffiti on Council property
Cleaning and repairing signage
Picking up Fly tips
Painting i.e., railings
The team may assist in educational Environmental Awareness Days, i.e. supervising pupils in a litter pick to promote the message of taking pride in your town, school, parks etc.
Examples of jobs the team will not be carrying out:
Pot holes (Essex County Council)
Unblocking gullies (Essex Council Council)
Mending broken kerbs (Essex County Council)
High level tree work
Graffiti on private buildings
Grass cutting (this will be carried out by current Grounds team)
Working on private or unadopted areas within the Borough
Collecting bulky waste
Weed killing (on Highway schedule)