Rubbish on the side of the Uckfield by-pass (photos from February 2017)

Roadside litter: deterioration in cleansing, council admits

Collection of roadside litter along main roads is not up to scratch, Wealden District Council has admitted.

The spotlight on rubbish near major roads around Uckfield was highlighted by readers of last month

Now a top-ranking Wealden councillor has admitted there is a problem.

Primary main roads

Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Waste Management, Cllr Roy Galley, has told fellow members:

“The main problem is litter picking/street cleansing which has again deteriorated primarily along our main roads.

“We have been battling on this one for some time and on March 2, with Alex White [Head of Consumer Services], I met the new Kier contract director.

“He assured me that we will have, before the end of March, a realistic schedule of what roads/streets are to be done, when and that we will be able to monitor progress.

“I was also assured that they will not take their eye off the collections ball whilst giving us a better street cleansing service.”

Recycling success

Cllr Wells’ report said the contract for waste collections was working well.

He pointed out the district’s recycling rate of 49 per cent was good, adding: “We compare well with other East Sussex authorities, especially Lewes.”

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