Litter levels in Worcester are out of control, claims Tory councillor

Litter levels in Worcester - what do you think?

Litter levels in Worcester - what do you think?

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A LEADING Worcester councillor claims litter levels are "out of control" in the city, sparking a war of words.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, deputy leader of the opposition Tory group, says rubbish is increasing and grass cutting is "a growing problem" which is not being managed in line with the weather.

His criticism has been rejected by the council's Labour leadership, which maintains Worcester is "a clean city".

In-house data from October to December last year, the last complete quarter of the current financial year, showed a slight downturn in performance levels.

Some 69 per cent of surveyed city streets were deemed at an acceptable level of cleanliness, compared to 75 per cent one year ago.

Cllr Bayliss, speaking during a full council meeting, said some of the findings, known as the detritus survey, concerned him.

A separate poll of city households also showed overall satisfaction with litter has dropped five per cent, to 53 per cent.

He said: "Detritus levels are worse, litter appears to be out of control and grass cutting seems to be a growing problem that is not being managed in line with the weather.

"Is (Cllr Matthew Lamb, the cabinet member responsible for litter) happy to see a former success story crumbling around his ears?"

Cllr Lamb, cabinet member for cleaner and greener, said his rival was "making sweeping generalisations."

"I am afraid I do not accept your statement that litter is out of control, it's an exaggerated claim," he said.

"Worcester is a clean city and that will continue to be the case."

He said not all of the land is within the council's control, meaning the onus is on the actual owners to keep them tidy.

Cllr Bayliss said: "It's not just just me who is saying this, the people of Worcester think it's getting worse."

Cllr Lamb called it "a farcical claim", and insisted litter patrols and street sweeping was working.

"The cleaner and greener department is a priority for this council, which is why we want to keep it a part of this council instead of trying to sell it off."

The Conservatives say Worcester would benefit if at least some functions of cleaner and greener, like bin collections, were handed to an outside provider.

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5:12pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Smashie68 says...

I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.
I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass. Smashie68
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Mon 31 Mar 14

skychip says...

I saw someone from the Council clearing up the litter on the London/Spetchley Road area last Wednesday and by Friday looked as though he hadn't done anything. I did phone the Hub on Wednesday to compliment the operative on what he had done. Must be sole destroying for these workmen.
I saw someone from the Council clearing up the litter on the London/Spetchley Road area last Wednesday and by Friday looked as though he hadn't done anything. I did phone the Hub on Wednesday to compliment the operative on what he had done. Must be sole destroying for these workmen. skychip
  • Score: 7

5:55pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jackkitpip says...

Litter has become more of a problem over the past year because there appears to be less people involved with collecting it and even when it is in-front-of-their-ey
es, some council waste-management men seem reluctant to pick it up. The management of the two bins at the bottom of Sabrina Bridge in Hylton Road, leaves a lot to be desired. There have been periods when these bins arn't emptied when they should be and when they are the excess waste that has fallen out of the over-full bins inside the container they stand in is left to rot.

I would like to ask when the river bank is going to be cleaned up around the two pipes that take the flood water away from Hylton Road, the area is a disgrace. The smell from the waste water and toilet paper hanging on to the foliage around the river bank is disgusting. I spoke to one of the Parks workmen about it, who said it had been reported, but nothing has been done so far, so hurry up Worcester City Council.
Litter has become more of a problem over the past year because there appears to be less people involved with collecting it and even when it is in-front-of-their-ey es, some council waste-management men seem reluctant to pick it up. The management of the two bins at the bottom of Sabrina Bridge in Hylton Road, leaves a lot to be desired. There have been periods when these bins arn't emptied when they should be and when they are the excess waste that has fallen out of the over-full bins inside the container they stand in is left to rot. I would like to ask when the river bank is going to be cleaned up around the two pipes that take the flood water away from Hylton Road, the area is a disgrace. The smell from the waste water and toilet paper hanging on to the foliage around the river bank is disgusting. I spoke to one of the Parks workmen about it, who said it had been reported, but nothing has been done so far, so hurry up Worcester City Council. jackkitpip
  • Score: -3

6:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

One thing for sure our councillors from all sides are not the ones who are dropping litter around the place. And I don't recall reading about anyone being substationally fined as any deterant, even though we have litter wardens, but seemingly with litlle powers.
But Marc Bayliss needs to recall these issues were around when he was a Labour Councillor and also when he Jumped political ship over to the CON-servatives.
One thing for sure our councillors from all sides are not the ones who are dropping litter around the place. And I don't recall reading about anyone being substationally fined as any deterant, even though we have litter wardens, but seemingly with litlle powers. But Marc Bayliss needs to recall these issues were around when he was a Labour Councillor and also when he Jumped political ship over to the CON-servatives. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

brooksider says...

Smashie68 wrote:
I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.
Corona?
As in 'Every bubble has passed it's fizzical'?
[quote][p][bold]Smashie68[/bold] wrote: I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.[/p][/quote]Corona? As in 'Every bubble has passed it's fizzical'? brooksider
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Snoopy74 says...

Smashie68 wrote:
I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.
We went there Sunday afternoon and the litter & broken bottles was a disgrace, bins over flowing.
So dangerous for children and dogs all out for a Sunday stroll. As a resident I was shocked, the visitors must of thought what a dirty city....
[quote][p][bold]Smashie68[/bold] wrote: I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.[/p][/quote]We went there Sunday afternoon and the litter & broken bottles was a disgrace, bins over flowing. So dangerous for children and dogs all out for a Sunday stroll. As a resident I was shocked, the visitors must of thought what a dirty city.... Snoopy74
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pinkfluff says...

brooksider wrote:
Smashie68 wrote:
I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.
Corona?
As in 'Every bubble has passed it's fizzical'?
Corona is beer now too. Get a lovely wedge of lime in the top. Yum.

I didn't drop the empty bottles btw :)
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smashie68[/bold] wrote: I walked along South Quay and through the cathedral gardens on Sunday morning. Smashed bottles of Corona littered the riverside walk and crisp packets, fast food and plastic bottles were strewn across the grass.[/p][/quote]Corona? As in 'Every bubble has passed it's fizzical'?[/p][/quote]Corona is beer now too. Get a lovely wedge of lime in the top. Yum. I didn't drop the empty bottles btw :) pinkfluff
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Mon 31 Mar 14

brooksider says...

Thanks for clearing that up, or not as in the case of Cathedral Gardens.
I thought I was back in the 70's for a while.
Thanks for clearing that up, or not as in the case of Cathedral Gardens. I thought I was back in the 70's for a while. brooksider
  • Score: 0

7:10am Tue 1 Apr 14

green49 says...

Cllr Bayliss said: "It's not just just me who is saying this, the people of Worcester think it's getting worse."

YOU do not speak for me MR Bayliss i do not think its any worse at all, the lazy idle good for nothings that leave litter have always been a councils nightmare its a never ending battle, the worse places i have seen are adound the UNI, 6th form college and by fast food places,

The Conservatives say Worcester would benefit if at least some functions of cleaner and greener, like bin collections, were handed to an outside provider.

NO they wouldnt, the service would be slower and poorer, Its just another service they want to pass onto someone else so that they can take the blame when the Tory councillors are questioned, they always blame someone else, its like its brainwashed into them.
Sick of listening to them, even Government are still at it even after the years they have been in,
Cllr Bayliss said: "It's not just just me who is saying this, the people of Worcester think it's getting worse." YOU do not speak for me MR Bayliss i do not think its any worse at all, the lazy idle good for nothings that leave litter have always been a councils nightmare its a never ending battle, the worse places i have seen are adound the UNI, 6th form college and by fast food places, The Conservatives say Worcester would benefit if at least some functions of cleaner and greener, like bin collections, were handed to an outside provider. NO they wouldnt, the service would be slower and poorer, Its just another service they want to pass onto someone else so that they can take the blame when the Tory councillors are questioned, they always blame someone else, its like its brainwashed into them. Sick of listening to them, even Government are still at it even after the years they have been in, green49
  • Score: 1

8:09am Tue 1 Apr 14

High Time says...

Until the litter droppers are caught and fined it willl not get any better.
Until the litter droppers are caught and fined it willl not get any better. High Time
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

This isn't a litter problem it is a failure to enforce the law problem.

Same cause as many of Worcester woes, parking, speeding, taxis, cycles on pavement, litter, fag ends, a signs, drunks, seagulls etc., etc.

Until we get enforcement we will keep having the problems.
This isn't a litter problem it is a failure to enforce the law problem. Same cause as many of Worcester woes, parking, speeding, taxis, cycles on pavement, litter, fag ends, a signs, drunks, seagulls etc., etc. Until we get enforcement we will keep having the problems. Hwicce
  • Score: 0

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