Local Environmental Quality
Keeping Bath Clean
The City Centre Neighbourhood Team take great pride in keeping the City of Bath clean and tidy. Approximately 25,000 tonnes of black bag rubbish from residents are collected annually in Bath. Litter and detritus collected within the Authority is 3,225 tonnes. Leaf fall is 300 tonnes. In a pioneering partnership arrangement, Bath and North East Somerset Council has worked with Residents’ Associations to review its delivery of cleansing and enforcement functions, which has brought about new investment in equipment and working methods, active resident involvement and a cleaner environment.
- Central Bath’s streets are cleaned five times a day, seven days a week, between 6am and 6.30pm;
- On Saturday and Sunday, eight cleaners constantly work central Bath, 6am – 6.30pm;
- There are approximately 50 Big Belly solar powered litter bins in the city centre. Three specially developed electric trolleys with cages have enabled swift emptying;
- Sixteen neighbourhood staff use traditional brooms alongside mechanical sweepers and electric suction litter collectors, one Aquazura street and Power Flex sweeper/washers;
- We have a new Mercedes Sprinter Graffiti this year, which removes graffiti. It also removes stainage from the pavements in the city centre and does additional washing down when required;
- No domestic refuse is allowed on the streets other than the day of collection. Trade refuse is forbidden on the street from 10am - 4pm;
- Bath and North East Somerset Council is currently reviewing its policy on advertising boards to try and reduce ‘street clutter’;
- Regular patrols by Enforcement Officers and Police Community Support Officers are carried out to target enviro-crime offenders. Residents’ and traders’ waste management practices are also monitored;
- Government no smoking policy within premises has created a new challenge of discarded cigarette ends, which we combat using street vacuums and specific enforcement.
Bath Business Improvement District (BID)
In 2012, the Bath Business Improvement District group (BID) was formed to reinforce the Deep Cleaning programme around the city streets. The group includes BID levy payers, Bath and North East Somerset Council, landlords and small businesses. To date, the group have made a strong and positive impact in the following areas:
- The appointment of five BID Rangers;
- The acquisition of a BID Ranger vehicle and cleaning machine;
- ‘Making the most of our streets’ – a cleanup project street by street;
- Weekly Community Payback activity;
- Targeted deep clean activity in the worst areas of the city.
‘Operation Sunrise’ is an initiative by the Council to raise awareness within the business community for the need to adhere to trade waste collection times. Early morning patrols have been made to check that rubbish was being put out at agreed times, which has resulted in reducing litter on the streets and making the city a more attractive place at night. It has also had an indirect benefit on the urban gull problem as it has meant that there is less food waste around for gulls to scavenge on.
The Council’s Environmental Protection team have produced a leaflet that provides advice and guidance to owners and managers of premises to prevent urban gulls from nesting on their roofs. Gull proofing measures have been recommended as part of the Council’s approval of planning applications, which should encourage developers to prevent gulls from nesting on their roof tops by eliminating perches, and using netting and wires where appropriate.
As usual, community litterpicks proved to be popular events across the city throughout the year. The Bath in Bloom Committee members joined forces with our supporters and ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ groups many times over the year.
June Player and her ‘On Board ‘ group regularly engaged the help of the local branch of McDonalds, who donated a litter bin and then took part in a litterpick,