City and district councillors meet to discuss ongoing litter problems

City and district councillors meet to discuss ongoing litter problems

City and district councillors meet to discuss ongoing litter problems

First published in Winchester Romsey Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

COUNCILLORS met this week to discuss new initiatives to help keep the Winchester district clean.

Representatives from East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council attended the joint environmental services scrutiny committee meeting to hear updates on the management of street cleaning and public conveniences.

The meeting heard how cleaning schedules were not being completed as they should be, with many public toilets and bins remaining unclean and unemptied for weeks at a time in some cases.

The cleaning, which is contracted to separate companies, is under close observation by the two councils, who say that if there has not been an improvement by 2015 when the contract is due for renewal, careful consideration will be given to its redistribution.

Cllr Judy Onslow, of East Hampshire District Council, said that without the public’s help the councils can do no more to improve cleanliness across the district.

“There is actually still a public perception that the litter is the council's problem,” she said.

“It is the public that creates the litter. I do think that we need to ask the public to come with us. You pay your taxes and the amount of money it costs to pick up litter us absolutely ridiculous. We are on cut backs here.

“I do think we need to get the public to help look after their own villages and people are becoming a bit more community minded so it is possible.”

Members also discussed bin collections, street cleaning, public toilet cleaning and shrub maintenance.

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4:25pm Sun 13 Apr 14

ELLIS17 says...

More Council buck passing, yes there always will be people termed litter louts, they remain the minority, the vast majority of the people including many in the younger age ranges do use the bins where provided, that`s of course if the bin is not full already.
The Councils have contractors to provide these services and from the report the work is not been done to an acceptable standard, therefore the council should call the contractors in, for an explanation as to why the work is being completed and the toilets not being cleaned for several weeks or is the council expecting local people to bring mops and buckets and clean the toilets as well. Yes, we live in an era of cutbacks, but sadly many councils are using that premise as the excuse for remedial work not being done, time many would suggest for councils to look closely at what is being spent in council offices which may have no direct benefit to the council taxpayers.
More Council buck passing, yes there always will be people termed litter louts, they remain the minority, the vast majority of the people including many in the younger age ranges do use the bins where provided, that`s of course if the bin is not full already. The Councils have contractors to provide these services and from the report the work is not been done to an acceptable standard, therefore the council should call the contractors in, for an explanation as to why the work is being completed and the toilets not being cleaned for several weeks or is the council expecting local people to bring mops and buckets and clean the toilets as well. Yes, we live in an era of cutbacks, but sadly many councils are using that premise as the excuse for remedial work not being done, time many would suggest for councils to look closely at what is being spent in council offices which may have no direct benefit to the council taxpayers. ELLIS17
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11:26am Tue 15 Apr 14

CllrLisaG says...

Unfortunately not always so simple. Lucky for Alresford, we experience a high standard of cleanliness at our public toilets. But as for rubbish - it is a rare morning when I walk out of my gate to not find rubbish thrown onto the verge by passing motorists. It's the same as people who own a dog but don't clear up after them. There isn't an excuse for any of these people.
Unfortunately not always so simple. Lucky for Alresford, we experience a high standard of cleanliness at our public toilets. But as for rubbish - it is a rare morning when I walk out of my gate to not find rubbish thrown onto the verge by passing motorists. It's the same as people who own a dog but don't clear up after them. There isn't an excuse for any of these people. CllrLisaG
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