Litter rise fears in Keighley in wake of cutbacks

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Glen Miller Coun Glen Miller

Litter could build up on Keighley streets as a result of cuts to cleansing crews, fear Bradford Council bosses.

They are anticipating an increase in complaints and reports of rubbish as the reduction in staff begins to bite.

They have also warned that potential cuts next year would put even more pressure on the already-stretched service.

The situation has been blasted by Councillor Glen Miller, leader of the Council’s Conservative group, who claimed the cuts were disproportionately affecting rural areas.

The potential impact of changes to the Council’s street cleansing team were highlighted in a report to Keighley Area Committee.

The report from the Council’s environment department updated members on the running of street cleansing services, which are now the responsibility of the area committee.

The report stated that efficiency savings had meant a reduction in working hours in the road and pavement sweeping operation. Instead of a 12-hour service seven days a week, the crews now operate only from 6am to 3pm on weekdays, with a skeletal crew at weekends.

This year’s street cleansing budgets are £224,600 for Keighley Central ward, £143,150 for Keighley East, £125,125 each for Keighley West and Worth Valley, and £111,550 for Craven.

The report said it was too early to measure the impact of the reduced service on road sweeping.

But it warned: “The reduction will have implications for the cleanliness of Keighley in terms of litter and detractors, which could impact on the levels of reports and complaints to the Council.

“Changing the way we work and improving efficiency with the remaining resource will be crucial if we are to maintain current service levels.”

Coun Miller, leader of the Conservative opposition on Bradford Council, said the focus should be on delivering a good service, rather than blaming the situation on cuts.

He said: “If services are managed correctly, the vehicles shouldn’t have to be off the road, broken or not able to be manned.”

Coun Miller said that rural wards such as his own were suffering while more money was being spent keeping town and city centres clean.

Coun Khadim Hussain, who represents Keighley Central ward, said the extra money given to his ward covered the costs of cleaning the town centre.

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7:09am Mon 23 Dec 13

Albion. says...

"Litter could build up on Keighley streets as a result of cuts to cleansing crews, fear Bradford Council bosses."

I should have thought it was "as a result of" people dumping it.
"Litter could build up on Keighley streets as a result of cuts to cleansing crews, fear Bradford Council bosses." I should have thought it was "as a result of" people dumping it. Albion.

7:50am Mon 23 Dec 13

The Local Observer says...

There's plenty of folk in a Keighley doing nowt, get them off their lazy behinds and try smarten the place up.
There's plenty of folk in a Keighley doing nowt, get them off their lazy behinds and try smarten the place up. The Local Observer

4:53pm Mon 23 Dec 13

yezboss says...

I think its a case of stable door and bolted horse. Not just in Keighley but the whole Bradford Met District.
I think its a case of stable door and bolted horse. Not just in Keighley but the whole Bradford Met District. yezboss

12:26pm Sat 28 Dec 13

abh59 says...

Think the counsellors are very far removed from reality when it is been reported on a almost daily basis that fly tipping goes on at the junction of high street and north street next to the barriers from the flats above the shops as no provision for refuse storage seems to have been made for the properties
I know that it is reported to cleasning on a almost daily basis by a local buiness, it has also been reported to enviromental health and our local mp non of who seem to be in a rush to sort anything out regarding the matter, i think the sight of rubbish in burst open bin bags spewing rubish out onto the street, suitcases prams and general household debris lining the streeet is exactly the most enticing welcome to keighley on the main thoroughfare through the town and is more reminicent of a third world shanty town than a 21st century town in the uk.
I do find it hard to believe that the local town councel who have more knowledge of the workings of these matters and town center association are not pushing bradford met harder on this matter as they proclaim to have the towns interest at heart, and its amazingthe vast amounts spent on the arcade regeneration will be worthless if it is blighted by garbage lining the streets a stones throw away
Think the counsellors are very far removed from reality when it is been reported on a almost daily basis that fly tipping goes on at the junction of high street and north street next to the barriers from the flats above the shops as no provision for refuse storage seems to have been made for the properties I know that it is reported to cleasning on a almost daily basis by a local buiness, it has also been reported to enviromental health and our local mp non of who seem to be in a rush to sort anything out regarding the matter, i think the sight of rubbish in burst open bin bags spewing rubish out onto the street, suitcases prams and general household debris lining the streeet is exactly the most enticing welcome to keighley on the main thoroughfare through the town and is more reminicent of a third world shanty town than a 21st century town in the uk. I do find it hard to believe that the local town councel who have more knowledge of the workings of these matters and town center association are not pushing bradford met harder on this matter as they proclaim to have the towns interest at heart, and its amazingthe vast amounts spent on the arcade regeneration will be worthless if it is blighted by garbage lining the streets a stones throw away abh59

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