A lot of work goes into keeping St Helens streets clean

Cllr Gomez-Aspron welcomes the new litter wardens

Cllr Gomez-Aspron welcomes the new litter wardens

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FURTHER to recent letters in the Star concerning litter, I would like to point out that St Helens Council goes to great lengths to keep its streets and public spaces rubbish free.

While government cuts have taken their toll on almost everything we do, we have managed to maintain a comprehensive litter collection service.

We have 27 full-time street sweepers covering the borough, as well as teams who target problem areas. Every street bin is emptied at least once a week, while the Community Payback Team regularly assists in helping to clear litter.

Last year, it cost St Helens Council over £1.7 million to clean litter, with the most common items including cigarette butts, food waste and bus and train ticket stubs.

At Sankey Valley Country Park, which was mentioned in recent correspondence, all bins are emptied at least once a week, while those in well-used areas, such as the Visitor Centre and the Slitting Mill, are emptied twice a week. Tarmac pathways are cleaned once a fortnight, while weekly litter-picks are carried out by rangers in well-used areas.

Readers will also have seen that we’ll soon be introducing environmental wardens who will be on patrol to ensure those who are responsible for littering are made to pay.

While we will target the two streets mentioned in correspondence for immediate litter clearance, we would point out that the other areas – Carr Mill Dam and the Alexandra Drive business area – are the responsibility of other organisations.

Cllr Seve Gomez Aspron, Cabinet Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods

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2:37pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Hughwithaview says...

Oh behave yourself Councillor - powers to enforce against people who drop litter, chewing gum and cigarette butts has been around for years. St Helens Council has chosen not use this legislation - until now that is. So you expect 3, less than official looking, Litter Wardens to control litter louts all across the borough and risk being verbally and physically abused by drug and alcohol affected individuals in the town centre? You can no more ensure that the culprits of littering will "pay up" than you can ensure a big win on today's lottery.

As for talking about the cost of cleaning up littering, do not forget you are talking about "our" money, the taxpayers of St Helens, so it is a pity that it is only now that the Council has decided to create a little "smoke and mirrors" to persuade us it is finally going to do something about it. As with all things - it is too little too late.
Oh behave yourself Councillor - powers to enforce against people who drop litter, chewing gum and cigarette butts has been around for years. St Helens Council has chosen not use this legislation - until now that is. So you expect 3, less than official looking, Litter Wardens to control litter louts all across the borough and risk being verbally and physically abused by drug and alcohol affected individuals in the town centre? You can no more ensure that the culprits of littering will "pay up" than you can ensure a big win on today's lottery. As for talking about the cost of cleaning up littering, do not forget you are talking about "our" money, the taxpayers of St Helens, so it is a pity that it is only now that the Council has decided to create a little "smoke and mirrors" to persuade us it is finally going to do something about it. As with all things - it is too little too late. Hughwithaview
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