If you live or work in the Ladbroke Grove area, this morning will have found you gazing upon a grizzly post-apocalyptic wasteland. If you dropped a Red Stripe brewery from a plane onto a sewage processing unit, this is what the aftermath would look like. In the face of such a sensory assault, it can be helpful to reduce the problem to simple, comforting statistics:
- 100 tonnes of rubbish needs removing, enough to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- 140 cleaners, using 40 vehicles, have been employed to clean up the sorry mess, enough to fill three double-decker buses with cleaners.
- 24 streets in the area will have rubbish removed from their front gardens by 40 Olympic-sized cleaners.
- 750,000 attended the weekend’s festivities, enough to sprinkle 24 gardens with the water contained within two Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- 300 properties were cleaned by Westminster City Council last year, a number one reader described as “enough”.