On dangerous main roads we have to close down lanes in order to litter pick grass verges safely. This is expensive and time consuming. Staff need to undertake specific training to be qualified to close lanes. It is a dangerous job.
Street and verge cleaning is funded from Council Tax. It costs us approximately £30K per year to litter pick our main road verges - and we have many requests from residents to spend a lot more and carry out more litter picking. It is really frustrating for everyone to see litter on our verges.
The majority of litter cleared is fast food packaging and items thrown from vehicles. This litter would not exist if people took responsibility for the waste they create. The money spent cleaning grass verges could be better spent on other essential services for residents.
We litter pick our main roads (mostly A & B classifications) once per year in Spring. The programme begins in March. It takes us about 6 weeks to get around all of the roads.
We use stop/go boards on single carriageways. On dual carriageways we work with traffic management companies to cone off lanes.
Part of the A46 (and A4 from London Road to the Bathford roundabout) and the A36 come under the control of Highways England. Email firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0300 123 5000
Although we are responsible for litter picking these roads, we can only do the work on the A46 here when Highways England say it is safe to do, as it's a dangerous high speed road. This is usually early in the morning or overnight, when lanes are being closed for safety works. There is no set time for us to do this.
The A36 is cleaned in Spring.
Any litter picking on the A4 Keynsham Bypass and the A4 Globe dual carriageway is planned in with other essential routine work to avoid the need for additional lane closures. This is usually twice a year in June and November. Keep an eye on our social media - Facebook www.facebook.com/bathnes and Twitter www.twitter.com/bathnes to see the results of the cleansing work that we carry out.