Barnet residents are running out of time to have their say on how the council keeps their streets clean.

A survey by Barnet Council asking for constituents’ opinions on waste disposal and public cleanliness has been criticised for being “tucked away” out of notice by resident Simon Barlow.

The online questionnaire presents residents and businesses with four options for the future running of Street Scene – the council’s initiative for street cleaning, waste collection and green spaces.

Residents have until this Sunday (January 15) to have their say on whether street scene should be run by the council or outsourced to a private company.

Mr Barlow said: “The decisions from this survey will affect all Barnet residents.

“This is your chance as a resident and council taxpayer to have a say over the future of our bin collections, street sweeping, local parks and open spaces, litter bin emptying and looking after trees in parks and on the roadside.”

Street Scene is currently run by Barnet Group, a company owned by the council, and the council employs all staff related to the initiative.

Other options presented to the public are Barnet Group running Street Scene and employing its own staff or a private company doing the same on behalf of the council.

A fourth choice is for Barnet Council to collaborate with another London borough council to provide the service, using its connections in the West London Alliance and North London Waste Authority.

Chair of the environment committee Cllr Dean Cohen said: “We want to hear from our residents, visitors and businesses about how we might run our street scene services in the future.

“The four options look at different ways in which we can best run our street scene services in the future as well as deliver the savings we need. So I urge as many people as possible to give us their views.”

The council said it has received 138 responses so far following a targeted media campaign and expects the figure to rise through a "social media push" this week.

The council is taking submissions on the survey here until January 15.