Richmond Council will be giving some high streets a scrub in response to resident feedback.

High streets in Whitton, Twickenham and Richmond will be cleaned next week as part of a wider Uplift improvement scheme.

Recently the council has been receiving complaints about staining on the pavements caused by pollution, general wear and tear and chewing gum.

According to the council York Stone is a “well-used material” used for pavements and is “long-lasting” but takes a number of years to settle.

It stated: “Any surface dirt will naturally wash away in periods of rain but the Council is conscious that there have been greater and extended periods of drier weather this year.

“In response to residents’ requests, next week Richmond Council will commence with a ‘clean and wash’ in an attempt to try and tackle some of the grime.”