Changes will mean cleaner streets for Devizes, says Wiltshire councillor

Coun Philip Whitehead

Coun Philip Whitehead

First published in News

Wiltshire Council highways boss Philip Whitehead says changes to street cleaning will stop duplication and improve the situation for Devizes.

After Devizes Town Council expressed concern about a cut in numbers of road sweepers in order to save money, Coun Whitehead told its planning committee that previously there would be a street sweeper and a litter picker working on the same highway at the same time.

But the changes being introduced mean there will be a daily litter picking services in Devizes town centre with a sweeper attending twice a week.

All residential areas will continue to be litter picked to a minimum of once every three months while sweeping will be about every six months. Sweeping on rural kerbed roads will increase to six monthly.

Coun Whitehead, the Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for highways contracts, said: “Two people in the same area at the same time doing the same thing is wastage.”

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8:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

kimcrawley says...

Ha Ha. What a stupid thing to say. It is not wasteful to have litter picking in tandem with sweeping - it is the industry standard. The 'sweepers' the councillor refers to need to be running for as much of their time as possible. Without litter picking a stop start situation is created, not all detritus is accessible by sweeper.
Another load of baloney from an incompetent wasteful council, yet again providing a lower standard of service costing more in the long run.
Ha Ha. What a stupid thing to say. It is not wasteful to have litter picking in tandem with sweeping - it is the industry standard. The 'sweepers' the councillor refers to need to be running for as much of their time as possible. Without litter picking a stop start situation is created, not all detritus is accessible by sweeper. Another load of baloney from an incompetent wasteful council, yet again providing a lower standard of service costing more in the long run. kimcrawley
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