A major clean-up campaign in Banbury has been welcomed by the town's business community.

Tony Ilott, chairman of Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce, said the week-long, early spring clean for the town centre was a welcome initiative that would make a big difference.

Banbury's shopping streets were the latest areas to play host to Cherwell District Council's 'neighbourhood blitz' team - a squad of workers who carried out extra sweeping, clearing graffiti, organising waste collections for bulky items, and giving doorstep advice to residents and business people on waste and recycling.

Last week in Banbury, the blitz team visited 600 homes and businesses.

The majority of people spoken to said they felt the town centre was either very or fairly clean. More than 30 residents ordered extra recycling boxes.

Mr Ilott said: "Part of the chamber's work is to promote Banbury to companies who are looking for a new home or a new outlet.

"Initiatives that keep Banbury looking spick and span certainly make our job a little bit easier.

"The spring clean makes Banbury a more pleasant town in which to work, rest and play."