Environmental Auditing Assessments

We have been carrying out street cleanliness audits for local authorities and housing providers for more than 15 years.

Using the LEAMS derived methodology, (the Local Environmental Audit and Management System for local authorities) our team can carry out street cleansing and Local Environmental Quality Audits at any level, from monitoring large-scale local authority infrastructure to counting audits and assessments of housing estates. We can also carry out audits of open spaces such as National Parks and sports venues. We have worked closely with a number of different sectors in Scotland to develop audits tailored to their specific requirements.

Contact us to find out how we can develop an audit to suit your organisation's specific requirements.


Why should your organisation audit for Local Environmental Quality?

Street cleansing and local environmental quality audits provide a host of benefits:

  • Performance and contractor monitoring
  • Internal and external benchmarking with previous years activity to identify trends and improvement areas
  • Ability to identify operational and financial efficiencies
  • Inform strategy development 
  • Community engagement


 What does an audit cover?

An agreed area will be assessed and graded according to the cleanliness grades detailed in the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (Scotland) 2006.  We also assess the presence of a range of Adverse Environmental Quality Indicators including:

  • Litter, graffiti and flyposting
  • Flytipping and trade waste out for collection
  • Detritus, weeds and vegetation growth
  • Vandalism and damage
  • Staining and chewing gum

We fully analyse the data and provide a report, which helps you to identify and resolve any problems.

We can also provide consultancy on how to improve places, campaigning advice on how to engage residents, and an interpretation of audit results to ensure the efficiency of all front-line services.

Local Environmental Audit and Management System (LEAMS)

All local authorities are part of LEAMS, which helps them meet their obligations under Best Value by: establishing a base-line standard for street cleanliness; providing a method of self-monitoring to assess continuous service improvement; facilitating independent monitoring by neighbouring local authorities; providing an annual independent validation audit; distributing and sharing best practice.  The following criteria are assessed during the surveys: cleanliness grade; servicing and coverage of public use litter bins; types of litter; sources of litter; local environment quality (dog fouling, vandalism, graffiti, weed growth, detritus and fly-posting). View the 2016/17 benchmarking report.

Housing Association Audits

Housing associations have a large part to play in the health and wellbeing of their tenants, surrounding areas and local communities. We offer bespoke packages tailored to meet individual requirements to increase the local environmental quality of areas managed by housing associations from sheltered housing to multi story flats. These audits are complex by nature, incorporating street cleanliness, internal and external environments, community engagement and administration of policies and procedures.

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