Employment of a street sweeper by Uckfield Town Council to tackle litter and environmental problems has been ruled out.
Councillors said it was unrealistic having looked at possible costs which could have totalled thousands of pounds a year, if a mechanised sweeping machine had been purchased.
During a debate it was suggested that litter was a “perceived problem” and that leaves and blocked drains were a higher priority.
The question again came to prominence after a petition was raised last year by the Brighter Uckfield Campaign.
It called on the town council to put money in its budget for 2013/14 and beyond to pay for a “town environmental officer” whose duties would include street litter collection and the quality of the street environment. It was suggested the officer would visit each area of the own at least once in every three weeks.
Councillors have looked at the matter on a number of occasions in recent months but concluded they should seek to make the current system of dealing with problems more effective.
In broad terms, keeping the streets clean is a responsibility of Wealden District Council and highways problems – such as blocked drains – is the responsibility of East Sussex County Council. Councillors are to make this more widely known.
They also want to talk to the district and county councils about the level of service being provided in Uckfield.
Brighter Uckfield Campaign will also be contacted to review the situation and submit a programme for the coming year to see how progress can be made.