£80,000 savings to city street cleaning

Worcester News: Who will pay the price?: Councillor Marc Bayliss. Who will pay the price?: Councillor Marc Bayliss.

STREET cleaning and sweeping in Worcester is going to be reduced — with £80,000 cut from the spending.

Cash-strapped Worcester City Council wants to remove nearly 10 per cent from its budget for picking up litter, cleansing the streets and sweeping up.

It comes despite surveys consistently showing how cleanliness in the city is a top priority for the public.

Your Worcester News understands all the city’s streets are being examined to see which areas can take the brunt of it.

The city centre is set to be protected, with the focus on outerlying residential areas which are done on a rota basis.

The cuts, which will take place over a two-year period from April, are down to unprecedented reductions in government funding which means more than £3m must be reduced from spending by 2018.

Politicians are already saying they fear it will affect the areas they represent — and want answers on what locations are likely to be affected.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, opposition Tory group deputy leader, said: “Which areas will have to pay the price for this? “My constituents pay council tax just like everywhere else, they deserve just as much of the cake.

“This is something that really matters to the people of Worcester.”

The current budget for street cleaning in Worcester is £854,470, with an £80,000 reduction 9.3 per cent of the total.

An 18-strong team also do grass cutting and other environmental tasks to ensure Worcester looks its best.

The city centre is attended to on a daily basis, and the outerlying areas are divided into zones and cleaned on a roughly 10-day cycle.

The city council say the new plans are still being worked on, but insists the cuts will not make a great visual difference.

A spokesman said: “Our proposal is to make a range of small adjustments to how our street cleaning team work.

“We’re confident that savings can be made with very little difference for our residents.

“By further developing our targeted and responsive approach to street cleaning we will ensure that the resources we have are deployed even more effectively.

“Worcester is and will remain a clean city.”

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11:27am Tue 10 Dec 13

skychip says...

We need more enforcement officers then to fine people for dropping litter etc although suppose they will have to be paid. Also take always need to clear up around their premises.
We need more enforcement officers then to fine people for dropping litter etc although suppose they will have to be paid. Also take always need to clear up around their premises. skychip

11:59am Tue 10 Dec 13

iamthebinman says...

Its ok, I think the hundreds of long term unemployed workers are going to spend an hour or so each day tidying up their local area as a thank you to the taxpayer for helping them out through the years they simply couldn't find a job anywhere. I kind and helpful gesture during the season of good will.
Its ok, I think the hundreds of long term unemployed workers are going to spend an hour or so each day tidying up their local area as a thank you to the taxpayer for helping them out through the years they simply couldn't find a job anywhere. I kind and helpful gesture during the season of good will. iamthebinman

2:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

PeteJay says...

An interesting take on Council priorities.

Compare this with the £95.000 payoff for Trish Haines, as reported by this very news site 4 weeks ago.
An interesting take on Council priorities. Compare this with the £95.000 payoff for Trish Haines, as reported by this very news site 4 weeks ago. PeteJay

3:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

CJH says...

PeteJay wrote:
An interesting take on Council priorities.

Compare this with the £95.000 payoff for Trish Haines, as reported by this very news site 4 weeks ago.
Hit the nail on the head there: COUNCIL priorities, not RESIDENT priorities. Why do we have to keep reminding them that they work for us, not the other way round!
[quote][p][bold]PeteJay[/bold] wrote: An interesting take on Council priorities. Compare this with the £95.000 payoff for Trish Haines, as reported by this very news site 4 weeks ago.[/p][/quote]Hit the nail on the head there: COUNCIL priorities, not RESIDENT priorities. Why do we have to keep reminding them that they work for us, not the other way round! CJH

3:16pm Tue 10 Dec 13

CJH says...

And if this statement is true: “We’re confident that savings can be made with very little difference for our residents." Then why haven't they be doing it anyway? Honestly, they're like small children constantly needing praise because they didn't colour outside the lines or they've eaten all their vegetables up. (Children should be praised for that by the way - they're not highly paid council employees!)
And if this statement is true: “We’re confident that savings can be made with very little difference for our residents." Then why haven't they be doing it anyway? Honestly, they're like small children constantly needing praise because they didn't colour outside the lines or they've eaten all their vegetables up. (Children should be praised for that by the way - they're not highly paid council employees!) CJH

4:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Nortynorse says...

Was the spokesman for Worcester City Council the Service Manager for Cleaner & Greener????

I think not!!!!!
Was the spokesman for Worcester City Council the Service Manager for Cleaner & Greener???? I think not!!!!! Nortynorse

7:37pm Tue 10 Dec 13

grumpy woman says...

Is this another resident priority from an earlier consultation being totally ignored?
Is this another resident priority from an earlier consultation being totally ignored? grumpy woman

7:39pm Tue 10 Dec 13

CJH says...

grumpy woman wrote:
Is this another resident priority from an earlier consultation being totally ignored?
Yes. And that's why people don't bother to get involved.
[quote][p][bold]grumpy woman[/bold] wrote: Is this another resident priority from an earlier consultation being totally ignored?[/p][/quote]Yes. And that's why people don't bother to get involved. CJH

8:16am Wed 18 Dec 13

Spetchley Dave says...

Welcome to the big society. Community groups and volunteers need to take on responsibility for keeping their areas clean.

As for Marc Bayliss carping on (AGAIN!) the big society is his party's idea and the cuts to Council funding are beng made by his Government.
Welcome to the big society. Community groups and volunteers need to take on responsibility for keeping their areas clean. As for Marc Bayliss carping on (AGAIN!) the big society is his party's idea and the cuts to Council funding are beng made by his Government. Spetchley Dave

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