Leader de­fends stan­dard of street clean­ing

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­[email protected] @JonMacMEN

COUN­CIL chiefs have de­fended the clean­li­ness of Hyn­d­burn’s streets af­ter an £800,000 bud­get cut.

Leader coun­cil­lor Miles Parkin­son said the new re­cy­cling sys­tem in­tro­duced last sum­mer has ‘re­sulted in far less lit­ter blow­ing onto our streets’ and that more than 650 bins are emp­tied across the bor­ough on a ‘reg­u­lar ba­sis’.

It comes af­ter for­mer Clay­ton-le-Moors In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Nick Collingridge ac­cused the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion of a ‘dere­lic­tion of duty’ and claimed vol­un­teers are help­ing the coun­cil to carry out ‘ ba­sic ser­vices’.

In a let­ter to the Ob­server, Mr Collingridge said; “Since the lat­est round of cuts from Hyn­d­burn coun­cil we have seen the level of clean­li­ness of our streets go down.

“Where we once had a des­ig­nated street cleaner, even af­ter the cuts, we had the same per­son ev­ery two days, we now never know from day to day who will be do­ing the job, if any­one.

“Peo­ple have, over the past few years, been able to rely on the bins be­ing emp­tied on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. No more.

“In de­fence of lo­cal peo­ple they are us­ing waste bins, but when you walk round, most of these are over­flow­ing so more waste is be­ing de­posited of the floor.

“With the new en­force­ment team in place how can any­one be charged with lit­ter­ing if the lo­cal coun­cil can­not empty bins and keep our streets clean?

“And will these peo­ple be is­sus­ing tick­ets to coun­cil­lors for dere­lic­tion of duty? “I think not. “Vol­un­teers are al­ready do­ing a ster­ling job in help­ing to keep back streets clean but we can­not ex­pect them to do ba­sic ser­vices which should be a pri­ory for the coun­cil.”

Coun Parkin­son said they have taken a ‘num­ber of tough de­ci­sions’ af­ter Lan­cashire County Coun­cil with­drew £800,000 in fund­ing sup­port but no com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies have been made and they will ‘al­ways look to prioritise front line ser­vices’.

He said: “It was fair to say that the pre­vi­ous re­cy­cling scheme in­volv­ing bags and boxes needed a greater street cleans­ing pres­ence in the town­ships, due to the po­ten­tial for wind­blown re­cy­cling lit­ter.

“How­ever, the new col­lec­tion method in­volv­ing wheeled bins has re­sulted in far less lit­ter blow­ing onto our streets and since the new scheme started, many res­i­dents have com­mented on how the clean­li­ness of the bor­ough has im­proved.”

Nick Collingridge has crit­i­cised the level of clean­li­ness on Hyn­d­burn’s streets

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