Plumstead is getting a deep clean from special machinery bought in to wash the dirt.

A high-pressure, chewing gun-removing, dirt-blasting jet washer is being used to clean Plumstead High Street.

The deep clean operation started on August 8 and will continue down to Bannockburn Road, taking a total of six to eight weeks to complete.

Greenwich Council said there will be minimal disruption for local businesses as the jet-washing will only take place between 7pm and midnight, Monday to Thursday.

The clean is part of a larger Positive Plumstead operation by the council to clean up the town after it came under fire from locals who believe their town is being ignored.

Criticisms include the council failing to block another betting shop being opened on the high street and eyesore buildings being left dilapidated, even prompting a new political party to be formed specifically for Plumstead issues.

Councillor Jackie Smith, cabinet member for community safety and environment, said, "We're keeping our promise to make Plumstead's streets cleaner and tidier while working with local businesses to create a welcoming and inviting High Street for both residents and visitors.

"There's a strong, rooted local pride in Plumstead. You can see it in residents' support for local businesses, for regeneration and investment, and for tackling littering and fly-tipping.

“Royal Greenwich wants to build on this civic pride to deliver a transformative change in Plumstead and we will work hand-in-hand with residents to make it happen."