North Somerset bins removed due to financial pressures
PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 April 2018
Dozens of litter bins have been removed from across North Somerset due to council 'budget pressures'.
Around 60 litter and dog bins have been removed or relocated in Clevedon, Nailsea and Backwell so far, although this number is expected to increase.
Clevedon has been particularly affected with 28 bins removed, which has led to concerns from volunteers and councillors it could lead to a ‘dramatic’ rise in littering.
Councillor Jane Geldart said: “I, like many of the residents of Clevedon, am surprised that cost-cutting includes taking away street rubbish bins.
“Surely this is not exactly going to save an awful lot of money against their budget.
“But more importantly, the potential for littering and general mess around our town has now just increased dramatically.
“It would have been extremely helpful to have been consulted.”
Gerry Small, who heads the Friends of Herbert Gardens group in Clevedon, added: “If economies must be made there is perhaps some sense in removing dog poo bins standing next to litter bins – it has been council policy for many years to allow dog owners to use ordinary bins when no dog poo bin is available – but if this is to be universally the case the bins need to be emptied on a daily basis, whether full or not.”
North Somerset Council says only bins which were unused or ‘abused’ have been removed.
It also adds the cuts will allow for more regular emptying and free up time for crews to carry out tasks such as removing drug paraphernalia, weed spraying, fly-tipping removal, and litter-picking on roads and verges.
A spokesman said: “Like councils across the country, we are facing pressures on our budgets so we need to make sure all of our contracts are as efficient as possible – including our parks and street scene contract which services litter and dog bins.
“We have removed some bins in areas where they were much less used, incorrectly positioned and in locations where they were being abused by people fly-tipping household waste.
“By doing this and looking at how often bins are emptied, we are better able to focus the resources we have.
“This means we can make sure bins are emptied at a regular and appropriate interval, and free up time for our crews so they can carry out more proactive cleaning tasks.”