Marco Sinforiani of Sinforiani’s newsagents in Kilmarnock swept aside the competition and received an award for keeping the pavements in front of his shop sparkling clean.
To mark the start of National Spring Clean week, Marco was presented with a Vibrant Communities community champion award and a brand new street sweeping brush in recognition of the work he carries out each day on West George Street.
The Council’s street cleaners cover this area every day but Marco recognises that dirt from the street and foot traffic can build up very quickly so he brushes in front of his shop twice a day and the whole street on a Sunday!
In fact he is so dedicated to keeping the streets clean that his current brush is starting to disintegrate.
Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Community Safety and Equalities said: “I was delighted to visit Marco and present him with a community champion award and a new brush, to replace his current one which frankly has seen better days.
“Marco’s example is already brushing off on other retailers with Marks and Spencer signing up to support the Spring Clean week initiative.
“The Council will provide a free brush, shovel and bags to any businesses that wish to follow in their footsteps and keep the front of their shops even tidier.”
During National Spring Clean week, teams from across the Council will be working together to make our streets cleaner.
Kilmarnock and Cumnock will receive a deep clean and communities are supporting the initiative with community clean ups taking place at local parks, including Woodroad Park, Cunningham Watt Park, Kay Park, Dean Park and Howard Park in Kilmarnock.
Cllr Cook added: “We all need to work together to keep East Ayrshire litter free. I am delighted that so many of our communities are joining us during National Spring Clean week. Vibrant Communities can support groups who wish to organise a litter pick or tidy up day by providing bags and litter pickers. You can call 01563 576642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”