Extra cash to clear leaves

Pictured (right) Councillor Dave Wood cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, with staff from the street cleansing team

Well l have just spent an hour dealing with the first ‘fall’ of leaves from our garden’s cherry trees so feel for the extra staff and sweeping equipment that has been brought in to clear up leaves on key routes across Bath & North East Somerset – including in rural areas and in the city.

The extra funding is part of the £40,000 street cleansing drive announced by the council in August to provide extended periods of high quality cleaning and washing and remove litter.

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “One of our priorities is to improve the cleanliness of the whole district as well as the centre of Bath. The extra funding we have put into the autumn leaf cleaning will mean that key pedestrian and cycling routes will be clearer and safer for people to use for their commutes and for leisure.

“We would ask residents whose own trees drop leaves onto the public highway to please help us where they can by clearing up outside their own properties. We also invite people to let us know if they experience dangerous slippery leaves that need clearing in priority areas by emailing us.”

To get in touch about leaves that need clearing in priority areas please email  Leaves_Cleansing@BATHNES.GOV.UK

For more information about how the council keeps the streets clean, go to https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/streets-and-highway-maintenance/litter-street-care-and-cleaning