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Clean sweep for Norfolk’s Torch relay

Kier’s environmental services business helped North Norfolk impress, when the Olympic Torch passed through last week, by ensuring the region’s towns were sparkling clean.

North Norfolk District Council worked with Kier, which has been delivering street cleaning, refuse and recycling services across Cromer, Fakenham and Holt since April 2011, to ensure the area stood out as being one of the cleanest destinations on the Olympic Torch route.

As well as providing extra bin collections and doubling the usual amount of street sweeping to ensure the towns looked their best when the Torch arrived on Wednesday, the 120-strong Kier team also gave the public conveniences a deep clean, and opened them later into the evening to accommodate the 25,000 people who turned out to see the event.

Managing director for Kier Environmental, Nicola Peake, said: “The arrival of the Olympic Torch in North Norfolk is an exciting event for the area and we are very proud to be part of the preparations. We worked closely with North Norfolk District Council and reshaped our cleaning schedule to ensure the route was as clean as it could be without sacrificing non-route areas or incurring additional costs, which will be important for local rate payers.”

Nick Baker, corporate director at North Norfolk District Council, commented: “The visit of the Olympic Torch to North Norfolk offers an opportunity to showcase our historic market towns and the iconic seaside town of Cromer. I am delighted that Kier has worked closely with us in the planning for this very special occasion. How we present ourselves to residents and visitors is extremely important and the rearrangement of services and flexibility shown by Kier helped to deliver a memorable day.”

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