Community clean up

L to R. Erica Davies, #NoPlaceForLitter, Keynsham and Cllr David Wood.

If you live in Peasedown St John, Timsbury and Bathavon North you may have noticed things looking a little tidier overall.

These are just some of the wards across Bath and North East Somerset that have seen the benefits following a visit from the council’s Clean and Green team.

During the visit, crews have been carrying out enhanced cleaning, litter picking and weed removal as well as responding to Fix My Street reports of overhanging vegetation, dirty signs and instances of graffiti. In some locations a team from Highways carried out gully clearing and investigated the need to replace signs.

In Temple Cloud and Weston local councillors, volunteer litter pickers and council staff came together for a community action day.

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “The council’s Clean and Green team is helping to improve specific areas, but we also recognise that there are lots of active volunteer groups across Bath and North East Somerset who work hard to keep their community clean and green.

“I am keen to encourage residents and local groups to get involved by organising their own Clean and Green community action days, because they make a positive difference.  We have equipment that you can easily borrow, just get in touch with our team.”

Radstock has a very active volunteer group, the Radstock Wombles, who are out almost every Sunday litter picking and keeping the community clean. Their hard work was supplemented by the Clean and Green team are in Radstock last week.

Keynsham will benefit from an action week between 22 and 26 August with a community action day planned on the on 26 August. Volunteers, councillors and staff will work alongside the Keynsham Wombles litter picking and using the new community weeding equipment. The volunteers will meet at the Federated Estate and St Francis Church at 10am and finish at 12pm.

Residents and community groups considering organising a community event can contact for advice and information.

Community weeding equipment, hoes, shovels and brushes, can be borrowed from the No Place for Litter hubs in Keynsham, Radstock, Chew Magna or Bath. You can book on the council’s website.

The 12-month Clean and Green project was funded by a one-off investment of £950K from the council’s 2022/2023 budget to help clean up neighbourhoods across B&NES.

As part of the project, a newly employed team member has so far removed graffiti from 10 residential properties across B&NES. If you are a homeowner or a tenant and there is graffiti on your home that you would like removed, you can use our online form to request this free service.