West Berkshire Council

Consultation begins on street cleaning services

West Berkshire Council is consulting on changing its street cleaning and litter picking services.

2017 - Litter Bin

West Berkshire Council is consulting on changing its street cleansing and litter picking services.

In the proposal services in town centres will be unaffected but elsewhere the council will be adopting a new approach which will see resources targeted where they are most needed instead of routinely cleaning areas, no matter how dirty they are.

High priority services such as the removal of fly tipping and hazardous litter such as broken glass or drugs related litter will continue as normal along with street cleansing and litter picking in town centres, council car parks and the Newbury bus station.

Outside of these busy areas a new more responsive approach will see resources deployed as they are needed rather than following a set programme of cleaning.

West Berkshire Council would like hear from residents about how they will be impacted by these changes and how that impact could be mitigated. Local councils and community groups who want to provide an enhanced service in their communities should also get in touch to discuss how the council could support them with this.

A consultation on the changes runs from Wednesday 20 September until Tuesday 31 October and a report provided for the Executive Committee to consider on Thursday 21 December 2017. Residents can read the details of the proposed changes and respond online at www.westberks.gov.uk/streetcleansing.

Speaking about the proposed changes Councillor Dominic Boeck, Executive Member for Environmental Protection said: "The street cleaning service we currently provide is excellent but expensive. Unfortunately we are unable to sustain it at a time when we are seeing greater demand on our services and in particular the social care local people need.

"We are proposing to become more targeted in our approach to street cleaning and litter. Rather than following a scheduled programme regardless of how clean and tidy areas are, we will concentrate our resources on areas where we know our help is needed. I hope local residents will support us by being our eyes and ears in their communities and letting us know of any problems in their area."

Residents can also help the council by using its Report A Problem online form to provide information about areas which need tidying. To report problems with litter, litter bins or flytipping visit www.westberks.gov.uk/reportaproblem.