Residents and businesses urged to keep Bolton's streets litter free

Residents and businesses urged to keep Bolton's streets litter free

Residents and businesses urged to keep Bolton's streets litter free

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LITTER on Bolton’s streets is on the up new figures show — now businesses and residents are being urged to do their bit to clean up the borough.

The cleanliness “pass rates” for the town’s streets have slipped from 94 per cent in 2010 to 90 per cent for the past four years.

The drop has coincided with Bolton Council’s decision to reduce the amount of street sweepers operating in the borough following cuts to the authority’s budget.

The council’s “Clean and Green” report said the drop in standards comes as a “direct result of their being fewer people, vehicles and sweepers in operation”.

Cabinet member for environmental services Cllr Nick Peel said: “We are obviously aware that the standards have dropped. We were forced to make £100 million in cuts by the government and some of these cuts take years to have an effect, but this is something that people can see straight away.”

“The fact that, in the face of these cuts, the standards have only dropped four per cent shows that the operatives we do have are doing a tremendous job.”

Cllr Peel said that one method of improving the state of Bolton’s streets was to encourage residents to pick up some litter near to their houses.

He said: “It is not that long ago that it was the norm for people to sweep and pick up litter just outside their homes — I’m not suggesting that they have dropped that habit, but it is a civic pride thing.”

Cllr John Walsh said he agreed that people could do more to keep the streets clean and said the onus could be put on business owners as well.

He added: “I think we are getting more problems with hot food takeaways and what we have never done as an authority is enforce shopkeepers to do more to clean up their vicinity.

“Perhaps on planning grounds we could enforce them to provide litter bins a short distance from their shops.

“In general I think if we all adopted a sense of pride in Bolton and kept the areas outside our homes and businesses clean then Bolton would look a lot better.”

Bolton’s Green party leader Alan Johnson said the decline in street cleaniliness was “very noticeable”.

He added: “We are aware the council have had to make cuts but there are other areas they could cut instead of street cleaners, my priority would be to cut at the top of the council.”

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7:11am Fri 5 Sep 14

oftbewildered2 says...

There used to be a bye-law that residents and businesses keep the frontages of their premises clean and litter free. I still sweep mine as often as I can and I know a lot of the older residents in our street do the same. If this bye-law has lapsed, perhaps it should be reinstated.
There used to be a bye-law that residents and businesses keep the frontages of their premises clean and litter free. I still sweep mine as often as I can and I know a lot of the older residents in our street do the same. If this bye-law has lapsed, perhaps it should be reinstated. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 24

7:21am Fri 5 Sep 14

JustBecause says...

It would take nothing for people to do this, the front of my house is swept and we weed kill the road and pavement, same at our business.

People should be responsible for the it, at the end of the day it's a 5min job.
It would take nothing for people to do this, the front of my house is swept and we weed kill the road and pavement, same at our business. People should be responsible for the it, at the end of the day it's a 5min job. JustBecause
  • Score: 24

8:22am Fri 5 Sep 14

John Edwards says...

Somebody must be joking, with the uneducated undisciplined lot around today there's no chance. People throw stuff on the pavement when there is a bin 6 feet away. As is stated, there is more litter because of the "fast food" outlets around. The council allow these in abundance to get the tax from them. There are that many I don't know how they make a profit, "unless"?
Somebody must be joking, with the uneducated undisciplined lot around today there's no chance. People throw stuff on the pavement when there is a bin 6 feet away. As is stated, there is more litter because of the "fast food" outlets around. The council allow these in abundance to get the tax from them. There are that many I don't know how they make a profit, "unless"? John Edwards
  • Score: 23

8:39am Fri 5 Sep 14

questionairre says...

Yes John
I was thinking the same.
You often see numerous workers in these fast food dives and no customers actually buying any of their cat meat take away.

Money from somewhere though.
Yes John I was thinking the same. You often see numerous workers in these fast food dives and no customers actually buying any of their cat meat take away. Money from somewhere though. questionairre
  • Score: 12

8:52am Fri 5 Sep 14

sallyupsteps says...

Remember the day when your mam donkey stoned the step and flags? Theee was fierce competition in our street. Now the neighbours done own even a long mop.
Remember the day when your mam donkey stoned the step and flags? Theee was fierce competition in our street. Now the neighbours done own even a long mop. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 17

9:26am Fri 5 Sep 14

655321 says...

Best to encourage chavscum idiots not to drop litter in the first place so decent people wouldn't have to pick it up.

I'm constantly removing takeaway containers/wrappers and drinks cans from my front garden because of these lowlifes.
Best to encourage chavscum idiots not to drop litter in the first place so decent people wouldn't have to pick it up. I'm constantly removing takeaway containers/wrappers and drinks cans from my front garden because of these lowlifes. 655321
  • Score: 18

9:48am Fri 5 Sep 14

catsden says...

THEY ARE NOTHTING BUT SCUM WHO THROW LITTER ON THE STREET, YOU WILL NEVER EDUCATE THEM, TOO BLOODY IGNORANT, THE TOWN WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT THEM.
THEY ARE NOTHTING BUT SCUM WHO THROW LITTER ON THE STREET, YOU WILL NEVER EDUCATE THEM, TOO BLOODY IGNORANT, THE TOWN WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT THEM. catsden
  • Score: 11

10:15am Fri 5 Sep 14

marco999 says...

This time I can actually understand the councils stand on this issue and can sympathise. They have been forced to cut costs and street cleaning is one of the casualties – it’s simple maths. However people are lazy and littering is on the rise – we see it everywhere in towns and villages. Fly-tipping is also on the rise and building rubble, furniture, fridges, you name it are being left in places where there are no cameras to catch them. Children are probably the worst culprits for general littering; being brought up in this ‘throwaway’ society we live in nowadays they feel no shame or conscience about dumping their pizza boxes or pop cans anywhere they choose. Takeaway shops are also on the rise; I remember very few takeaway food shops when I was growing up but they are everywhere now. I believe takeaways should have ‘rubbish’ taxes levied upon them. McDonalds, KFC and all the other takeaway customers are responsible for so much rubbish being strewn everywhere – I often see bags of McDonalds rubbish being thrown from moving cars! They all make vast profits so why can’t they have some responsibility for the vast amount of rubbish they produce too?
This time I can actually understand the councils stand on this issue and can sympathise. They have been forced to cut costs and street cleaning is one of the casualties – it’s simple maths. However people are lazy and littering is on the rise – we see it everywhere in towns and villages. Fly-tipping is also on the rise and building rubble, furniture, fridges, you name it are being left in places where there are no cameras to catch them. Children are probably the worst culprits for general littering; being brought up in this ‘throwaway’ society we live in nowadays they feel no shame or conscience about dumping their pizza boxes or pop cans anywhere they choose. Takeaway shops are also on the rise; I remember very few takeaway food shops when I was growing up but they are everywhere now. I believe takeaways should have ‘rubbish’ taxes levied upon them. McDonalds, KFC and all the other takeaway customers are responsible for so much rubbish being strewn everywhere – I often see bags of McDonalds rubbish being thrown from moving cars! They all make vast profits so why can’t they have some responsibility for the vast amount of rubbish they produce too? marco999
  • Score: 12

10:40am Fri 5 Sep 14

Womble says...

Instead of 'cleaning up the borough', people should not be dropping the rubbish in the first place. There's no shortage of litter and recycling bins in the town centre, so there's no excuse for dropping litter there.

When I was a child, I was taught that if there wasn't a bin nearby, you either carried the litter until you found a bin, or you took it home with you. People these days are just too lazy and have no care for their environment.
Instead of 'cleaning up the borough', people should not be dropping the rubbish in the first place. There's no shortage of litter and recycling bins in the town centre, so there's no excuse for dropping litter there. When I was a child, I was taught that if there wasn't a bin nearby, you either carried the litter until you found a bin, or you took it home with you. People these days are just too lazy and have no care for their environment. Womble
  • Score: 23

10:43am Fri 5 Sep 14

Endoxa says...

Once again a councillor (a) stating the obvious, and (b) trying to take credit because it could actually be worse - pathetic. I'll not take any lectures about civic pride from this bunch who have ruined this once proud town. What's needed is some action backed up by a zero tolerance mentality - not just enforcement (to treat the symptoms) but also widespread education and campaigning (to treat the causes). In summary, it needs some strong leadership to set an example - not the foot high weeds allowed to grow at the side of every road in the borough (recently thought by one councillor to give a nice green surrounding - moron). The best suggestion I've seen so far was that put forward by the gentleman from the Green party.
Once again a councillor (a) stating the obvious, and (b) trying to take credit because it could actually be worse - pathetic. I'll not take any lectures about civic pride from this bunch who have ruined this once proud town. What's needed is some action backed up by a zero tolerance mentality - not just enforcement (to treat the symptoms) but also widespread education and campaigning (to treat the causes). In summary, it needs some strong leadership to set an example - not the foot high weeds allowed to grow at the side of every road in the borough (recently thought by one councillor to give a nice green surrounding - moron). The best suggestion I've seen so far was that put forward by the gentleman from the Green party. Endoxa
  • Score: 7

10:54am Fri 5 Sep 14

655321 says...

Womble wrote:
Instead of 'cleaning up the borough', people should not be dropping the rubbish in the first place. There's no shortage of litter and recycling bins in the town centre, so there's no excuse for dropping litter there.

When I was a child, I was taught that if there wasn't a bin nearby, you either carried the litter until you found a bin, or you took it home with you. People these days are just too lazy and have no care for their environment.
Exactly, treat the cause, not the symptom.
[quote][p][bold]Womble[/bold] wrote: Instead of 'cleaning up the borough', people should not be dropping the rubbish in the first place. There's no shortage of litter and recycling bins in the town centre, so there's no excuse for dropping litter there. When I was a child, I was taught that if there wasn't a bin nearby, you either carried the litter until you found a bin, or you took it home with you. People these days are just too lazy and have no care for their environment.[/p][/quote]Exactly, treat the cause, not the symptom. 655321
  • Score: 12

11:30am Fri 5 Sep 14

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE says...

Derby st, and st. Helens road is a prime example of lazy customers of these take-aways and the businesses are as guilty too dropping their s h I t e everywhere, only yesterday (again) I went out and swept outside the front of my house, it was the same as ever an hour later, no excuse for it.
Put a camera on every street corner, big fines, you will soon see 100% improvement, it was never like this before all these fast food places opened up, and do the parents and schools teach them not drop litter anymore ? obviously not
Derby st, and st. Helens road is a prime example of lazy customers of these take-aways and the businesses are as guilty too dropping their s h I t e everywhere, only yesterday (again) I went out and swept outside the front of my house, it was the same as ever an hour later, no excuse for it. Put a camera on every street corner, big fines, you will soon see 100% improvement, it was never like this before all these fast food places opened up, and do the parents and schools teach them not drop litter anymore ? obviously not ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE
  • Score: 13

12:24pm Fri 5 Sep 14

giraffe89 says...

Firstly, teach children from a young age not to litter.
I grew up with knowing if there was no bin around the rubbish went in my pocket until I found one or got home - much to my Mum's pleasure when she was pulling apples and banana skins from my pockets...

Secondly, if resources such as this - simple labour - are being cut, why not use people on Community Service to litter pick?
Surely they can't all be in charity shops!
Firstly, teach children from a young age not to litter. I grew up with knowing if there was no bin around the rubbish went in my pocket until I found one or got home - much to my Mum's pleasure when she was pulling apples and banana skins from my pockets... Secondly, if resources such as this - simple labour - are being cut, why not use people on Community Service to litter pick? Surely they can't all be in charity shops! giraffe89
  • Score: 13

12:34pm Fri 5 Sep 14

itsnotthatbad says...

everyone knows the main culprits in all this. get more wardens out to enforce this realistically, not hiding behind a wall to catch a fag end dropper, hidden cameras in high waste areas will help this. maybe more amnesty skips too?? easier to pay for a skip then to get clean up teams out. my neighbour 4 doors down is always dumping just out the front or the back. I knocked on and told him this isnt daubhill and have some respect for the street. no speakky english apparently.....still seemed to understand and stopped doing it. harsher penalties and education is needed
everyone knows the main culprits in all this. get more wardens out to enforce this realistically, not hiding behind a wall to catch a fag end dropper, hidden cameras in high waste areas will help this. maybe more amnesty skips too?? easier to pay for a skip then to get clean up teams out. my neighbour 4 doors down is always dumping just out the front or the back. I knocked on and told him this isnt daubhill and have some respect for the street. no speakky english apparently.....still seemed to understand and stopped doing it. harsher penalties and education is needed itsnotthatbad
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Fri 5 Sep 14

bwfc0210 says...

John Edwards wrote:
Somebody must be joking, with the uneducated undisciplined lot around today there's no chance. People throw stuff on the pavement when there is a bin 6 feet away. As is stated, there is more litter because of the "fast food" outlets around. The council allow these in abundance to get the tax from them. There are that many I don't know how they make a profit, "unless"?
What tax, if you mean business rates, council don't keep it?
If people didn't drop litter, problem solved.
[quote][p][bold]John Edwards[/bold] wrote: Somebody must be joking, with the uneducated undisciplined lot around today there's no chance. People throw stuff on the pavement when there is a bin 6 feet away. As is stated, there is more litter because of the "fast food" outlets around. The council allow these in abundance to get the tax from them. There are that many I don't know how they make a profit, "unless"?[/p][/quote]What tax, if you mean business rates, council don't keep it? If people didn't drop litter, problem solved. bwfc0210
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Fri 5 Sep 14

lammypie says...

Surely one answer is more enforcement & fines. At £80 per offence surely wardens could make the council a profit on this as I could walk round town & 'catch' 3 or 4 offenders easily every hour. If they didn't pay the fine then make them spend a day picking up litter!!
Surely one answer is more enforcement & fines. At £80 per offence surely wardens could make the council a profit on this as I could walk round town & 'catch' 3 or 4 offenders easily every hour. If they didn't pay the fine then make them spend a day picking up litter!! lammypie
  • Score: 6

1:38pm Fri 5 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

655321 wrote:
Best to encourage chavscum idiots not to drop litter in the first place so decent people wouldn't have to pick it up.

I'm constantly removing takeaway containers/wrappers and drinks cans from my front garden because of these lowlifes.
Same here.
Every day I pick up Cans, Packets and Wrappers just dumped in my Garden and Driveway.

I would not Dream of Dumping My Rubbish near someone else's Property - I'd Bin it.

Low Standards indeed.
[quote][p][bold]655321[/bold] wrote: Best to encourage chavscum idiots not to drop litter in the first place so decent people wouldn't have to pick it up. I'm constantly removing takeaway containers/wrappers and drinks cans from my front garden because of these lowlifes.[/p][/quote]Same here. Every day I pick up Cans, Packets and Wrappers just dumped in my Garden and Driveway. I would not Dream of Dumping My Rubbish near someone else's Property - I'd Bin it. Low Standards indeed. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 12

2:11pm Fri 5 Sep 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

You ask the people of today to tidy up after them self's you'll be wasting your time it doesn't have an app or a website they don't even know what a sweeping brush is.
You ask the people of today to tidy up after them self's you'll be wasting your time it doesn't have an app or a website they don't even know what a sweeping brush is. johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 5

2:27pm Fri 5 Sep 14

hairylegs88 says...

I was unable to sit at a bus stop the other day for chips/containers strewn inside of it. Where was the bin??? next to the bus stop.
Lazy, lazy users. They woudn't throw rubbish in their own property... or would they?
I was unable to sit at a bus stop the other day for chips/containers strewn inside of it. Where was the bin??? next to the bus stop. Lazy, lazy users. They woudn't throw rubbish in their own property... or would they? hairylegs88
  • Score: 7

2:49pm Fri 5 Sep 14

atkinson63 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
There used to be a bye-law that residents and businesses keep the frontages of their premises clean and litter free. I still sweep mine as often as I can and I know a lot of the older residents in our street do the same. If this bye-law has lapsed, perhaps it should be reinstated.
Everyone should keep their own patch clean and tidy
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: There used to be a bye-law that residents and businesses keep the frontages of their premises clean and litter free. I still sweep mine as often as I can and I know a lot of the older residents in our street do the same. If this bye-law has lapsed, perhaps it should be reinstated.[/p][/quote]Everyone should keep their own patch clean and tidy atkinson63
  • Score: 5

2:59pm Fri 5 Sep 14

cosmicma says...

the council should adopt an optional 1 day litter picking penalty or a fine for anyone caught dropping litter
2 things would come out of this
1 would prove the council is concerned about litter and not just the money litter droppers who get caught bring in and 2 we would have cleaner streets

win win in my book
the council should adopt an optional 1 day litter picking penalty or a fine for anyone caught dropping litter 2 things would come out of this 1 would prove the council is concerned about litter and not just the money litter droppers who get caught bring in and 2 we would have cleaner streets win win in my book cosmicma
  • Score: 11

3:33pm Fri 5 Sep 14

WHATAMESSS.66 says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
everyone knows the main culprits in all this. get more wardens out to enforce this realistically, not hiding behind a wall to catch a fag end dropper, hidden cameras in high waste areas will help this. maybe more amnesty skips too?? easier to pay for a skip then to get clean up teams out. my neighbour 4 doors down is always dumping just out the front or the back. I knocked on and told him this isnt daubhill and have some respect for the street. no speakky english apparently.....still seemed to understand and stopped doing it. harsher penalties and education is needed
RACIST!
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: everyone knows the main culprits in all this. get more wardens out to enforce this realistically, not hiding behind a wall to catch a fag end dropper, hidden cameras in high waste areas will help this. maybe more amnesty skips too?? easier to pay for a skip then to get clean up teams out. my neighbour 4 doors down is always dumping just out the front or the back. I knocked on and told him this isnt daubhill and have some respect for the street. no speakky english apparently.....still seemed to understand and stopped doing it. harsher penalties and education is needed[/p][/quote]RACIST! WHATAMESSS.66
  • Score: -5

8:32pm Fri 5 Sep 14

sallyupsteps says...

catsden wrote:
THEY ARE NOTHTING BUT SCUM WHO THROW LITTER ON THE STREET, YOU WILL NEVER EDUCATE THEM, TOO BLOODY IGNORANT, THE TOWN WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT THEM.
And the scum are always dressed in designer gear with spotless trainers that no one else can afford, when you ask politely if they will pick up their rubbish you either get blanked or a mouthful of foul language while their rat faced kids stand by smirking. Its time they had a job, get them litter picking or alternatively on a basic cookery course. Then they could feed the sprogs some food that has no e numbers.
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: THEY ARE NOTHTING BUT SCUM WHO THROW LITTER ON THE STREET, YOU WILL NEVER EDUCATE THEM, TOO BLOODY IGNORANT, THE TOWN WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT THEM.[/p][/quote]And the scum are always dressed in designer gear with spotless trainers that no one else can afford, when you ask politely if they will pick up their rubbish you either get blanked or a mouthful of foul language while their rat faced kids stand by smirking. Its time they had a job, get them litter picking or alternatively on a basic cookery course. Then they could feed the sprogs some food that has no e numbers. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 6

12:18am Sat 6 Sep 14

united99 says...

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE wrote:
Derby st, and st. Helens road is a prime example of lazy customers of these take-aways and the businesses are as guilty too dropping their s h I t e everywhere, only yesterday (again) I went out and swept outside the front of my house, it was the same as ever an hour later, no excuse for it.
Put a camera on every street corner, big fines, you will soon see 100% improvement, it was never like this before all these fast food places opened up, and do the parents and schools teach them not drop litter anymore ? obviously not
I challenge you to try and find a street that has no litter - let me know when you find one.
Must be the way the wind is blowing that makes all the rubbish end up on derby st.
[quote][p][bold]ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE[/bold] wrote: Derby st, and st. Helens road is a prime example of lazy customers of these take-aways and the businesses are as guilty too dropping their s h I t e everywhere, only yesterday (again) I went out and swept outside the front of my house, it was the same as ever an hour later, no excuse for it. Put a camera on every street corner, big fines, you will soon see 100% improvement, it was never like this before all these fast food places opened up, and do the parents and schools teach them not drop litter anymore ? obviously not[/p][/quote]I challenge you to try and find a street that has no litter - let me know when you find one. Must be the way the wind is blowing that makes all the rubbish end up on derby st. united99
  • Score: -4

3:23pm Sat 6 Sep 14

united99 says...

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE wrote:
united99 wrote:
ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE wrote:
Derby st, and st. Helens road is a prime example of lazy customers of these take-aways and the businesses are as guilty too dropping their s h I t e everywhere, only yesterday (again) I went out and swept outside the front of my house, it was the same as ever an hour later, no excuse for it.
Put a camera on every street corner, big fines, you will soon see 100% improvement, it was never like this before all these fast food places opened up, and do the parents and schools teach them not drop litter anymore ? obviously not
I challenge you to try and find a street that has no litter - let me know when you find one.
Must be the way the wind is blowing that makes all the rubbish end up on derby st.
There are plenty where there is no abundance of Asians and immigrants
How do you know I thought you lived amongst us Asians...
[quote][p][bold]ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE[/bold] wrote: Derby st, and st. Helens road is a prime example of lazy customers of these take-aways and the businesses are as guilty too dropping their s h I t e everywhere, only yesterday (again) I went out and swept outside the front of my house, it was the same as ever an hour later, no excuse for it. Put a camera on every street corner, big fines, you will soon see 100% improvement, it was never like this before all these fast food places opened up, and do the parents and schools teach them not drop litter anymore ? obviously not[/p][/quote]I challenge you to try and find a street that has no litter - let me know when you find one. Must be the way the wind is blowing that makes all the rubbish end up on derby st.[/p][/quote]There are plenty where there is no abundance of Asians and immigrants[/p][/quote]How do you know I thought you lived amongst us Asians... united99
  • Score: -2

6:01pm Sat 6 Sep 14

united99 says...

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE wrote:
No I just have to tolerate you lot until the rivers of blood comes true
Stop living in fantasy land - you know it's not going to happen !
[quote][p][bold]ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE[/bold] wrote: No I just have to tolerate you lot until the rivers of blood comes true[/p][/quote]Stop living in fantasy land - you know it's not going to happen ! united99
  • Score: -4

6:51pm Sat 6 Sep 14

liquoricet says...

Personally, I think if traffic wardens fined people for dropping litter and eased back on car parking fines bolton would be a better place!
Personally, I think if traffic wardens fined people for dropping litter and eased back on car parking fines bolton would be a better place! liquoricet
  • Score: -1

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