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Street Cleansing (LLE14)

Core Offer

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This core offer includes services that the council is legally obliged to provide. The link below provides detailed information about what is included.

Link: LLE14 - Street Cleansing

Related FAQs

Won’t reduced street cleaning and grass cutting make the area look more unsightly and cause health issues?

Won’t reduced street cleaning and grass cutting make the area look more unsightly and cause health issues?

The Council has a legal duty to ensure as far as reasonably practical that footpaths and the highway are free from litter and that people do not come to harm when visiting parks and open spaces. Much of the work we have done in the past was well above what was legally required, but due to the increasing pressure on our budgets we are being forced to cut back on these services to minimum levels. It is sadly inevitable that there will be an impact and we would urge local residents, and visitors to the borough, to play their part in keeping the area tidy - use litter bins provided or take your litter home to dispose of it. Larger items can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or you can arrange for collection via the council. We would also welcome any ideas from voluntary and community groups about how they can get involved. Working together we can help keep Darlington a tidy and pleasant place in which to live, work and visit. 

Your Say

3 comment(s)

This table lists comments from the public about this proposal


Core EffR19 (Senior Management costs)
Core LLE14 (Street Cleansing)

I think that street cleansing is absolutely necessary as nobody wants to live in a litter strewn town. Whilst I appreciate that cuts have to be made, I think that this is a vital service that the Council should provide and is something that the public, visitors to the town and council tax payers can see where their money is being spent. Reducing staff who are likely to be on fairly low pay scales is absurd, especially when they deliver a vital service. Perhaps reducing staffing levels of the management team would be a more effective cost saving?? These workers are some of the lowest paid in the council, reducing those at the bottom will have an impact on services. Even if you reduce the staff, you still have the tools and machinery to maintain etc so why cant street cleansing be kept at the acceptable level it is at present and you make savings by reducing the management team within street scene and other arrears of the Council who are on higher salaries. Greater and more cost effective savings should be made in the management tier which would have little impact on the workers at the bottom of the scale.

Core LLE14 (Street Cleansing)

I live on [...] where the rubbish in the street is disgraceful and in my opinion any cleaning does nothing to discourage others from leaving there rubbish behind e.g. car drivers emptying ash trays in the road gutter and people just throwing cans etc on the floor. One area where money is not well spent is the street cleaning vehicles driving up and own the road on bin collection days. When they do this the roads are full of parked cars of people going to work so they cannot clean the gutter. If street cleaning was done either earlier in the morning or later on a night or even on a Sunday it would be much more effective. I know it may cost a little more but it least it would have a function. Maybe have them work elsewhere when the local roads are full of parked vehicles. Every four weeks of effective cleaning would be better than weekly cleaning that just sweeps the middle of the road.

Cut W13 (Street Cleaning and Environmental Crime)
Core LLE14 (Street Cleansing)

The saddest day for Darlington was when it was made a unitary authority. Money has been wasted on unnecessary projects - such as remodelling the town centre and making it look just like everywhere else. Wouldn't matter so much if it didn't detract from providing the essentials. Now the new plans mean we will be living in a huge un-managed litter bin. Great idea!!