West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Waste Management - Street Cleansing

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.


Street cleansing and litter collection is a statutory requirement upon the authority to keep the public highway free of litter, rubbish and refuse. 


The proposal is to reduce the amount of street cleansing service provided including:

  • reducing the weed spraying from three times per year to two
  • reducing the frequency of cleansing around the mini recycling centres
  • reducing the frequency of washing some litter bins from twice to once a year
  • reducing the frequency of litter picking or street cleansing

This will save approximately £100,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

These reductions could result in a decline in the standard of cleanliness within the District.  An increase in litter or rubbish may result in an increase in complaints.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

There are no other options available to meet this level of saving. Keeping the streets clean is a core service and it is difficult to find savings that do not impact on the statutory duty.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 16 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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