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‘We’re making a difference’

 
Created on 12/12/2016 @ 06:39
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Welshpool Town Council has provided its first progress report since taking on the street cleaning responsibilities from cash strapped Powys County Council.

The Town Council took on the role after after Powys said it could no longer afford to carry out the duty, with a cost to the Welshpool tax payer of around £5 per house a year.

And, according to the town council, a difference is already being made with a list of target areas already completed and what is next.

In a statement, the town council stated:

“The works completed since November 1 are:

·      Clearing of footpath between the Library and Red Bank

·      Removal of weeds on the path up St Mary’s

·      Removal of weeds and cutting of hedge at top of Brook Street

·      Cutting of grass in Church Street Car Park

·      Some weed and undergrowth removal at Leighton View Oldford

·      Clearing of Berriew Street

·      Area around the Tourist Information Centre

·      Cutting back of hedges along the canal side near the footbridge

·      Responding to calls regarding specific areas of concern which were visited and dealt with

·      Removal of fly tipping in no less than 11 areas

·      The bins are emptied twice a day in the main streets and weekly around the area 

“Between now and the Christmas break the operatives will cover the area around the High School in Salop Road, the area of the Smithfield Road around the Motte and Bailey site and also the area around station car parks. When this is finished we have just about caught up with the very poor areas and we can start the general maintenance,” the statement read.

“If there is an area which you feel should be treated other than on a normal routine roster please do call us on 01938 553142 and we will get the area cleaned within a few hours.

“We have had calls for areas to be cleared and these have been done very quickly.”

Town Clerk Robert Robinson added: “In the New Year. a programme of maintenance will take place with the operatives working in a quarter of the town on a four-week cycle. This will include the removal of the leaves now that the Autumn is coming to an end.

“Part of this work includes the weeds in Severn Street, Broad Street, High Street and Church Street along with bench repairs.

“Please be patient as we get the worst areas under control and then we can really make a difference.”

 

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