DENBIGHSHIRE can now boast some of the cleanest streets in Wales following a survey by an environmental body.

Keep Wales Tidy has ranked the county as the second best in Wales for the percentage of streets predominantly free of litter and refuse at 98.7 per cent - 2.7 percent above the national average - and fifth in terms of the Cleanliness Indicator Score (CIS) in the country at 74.

Keeping the county’s streets clean is the responsibility of Denbighshire County Council, with the county achieving the second highest CIS in North Wales behind Anglesey on 74.6 percent.

Cllr Brian Jones, Denbighshire’s lead member for Highways, said: “I would like to thank all the staff members who work hard to keep the streets of Denbighshire clean and tidy as well as residents and visitors who play a very important role in keeping our streets clean.

“This year’s rankings are an improvement on last year’s figures and show a continued and upward trend.”

Keep Wales Tidy surveyed a total of 3,216 streets across Wales between April 2018 and March 2019, with Denbighshire being surveyed between July 2 and 5, 2018. Among types of litter surveyed were dog fouling and vandalism as well as variety of littler types including smoking materials and fast food waste.

Cllr Tony Thomas, Denbighshire’s lead member for the Environment, said: “This is fantastic news for Denbighshire and shows the commitment in the county to improving our environment.

“Clean and tidy streets help give a sense of pride in our neighbourhoods and complements the work we are doing to protect wildlife and green areas in Denbighshire which is a priority under our Corporate Plan to support community well-being and increase economic prosperity.”