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Worst 10 dirtiest streets of Cheltenham revealed

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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TORCHED sofas, obscene graffiti and mounds of black bin bags were just some of the unwelcome additions which blighted Cheltenham's 10 dirtiest streets in the last 12 months.

The Echo can reveal a full list of the most-complained about roads which borough council workers were called out to for emergency cleaning.

And the results will make for difficult reading for St Paul's residents with the area accounting for four streets in the worst 10.

Cleaners were sent to Swindon Road, Russell Street, St Paul's North and Dunalley Parade a grand total of 43 times since October last year to clear up all manner of filth.

An abandoned children's swing and road sign had to removed from Swindon Road after it was fly tipped on October 10, 2011, while rude graffiti had to be remedied in the same street in September this year.

Students left 15 bin bags outside a home in St Paul's Street North on July 3 while their peers dumped 24 bags outside a house in Dunalley Parade on a day earlier, according to complaints.

Councillor Andrew Lansley (St Paul's, LD) said he was "not surprised" St Paul's was so well represented in the worst 10.

He said: "St Paul's suffers from a perennial waste issue.

"I would say waste, environment and littering related issues are generally the number one complaint and concern raised by residents with me."

Mr Lansley's ward colleague, Councillor Jon Walklett (St Paul's, LD) agreed, but said the faults in St Paul's should not be blamed on students.

He said: "I believe that part of the problem is that as well as having a very densely populated ward, we have a high proportion of transient people who come in to the private rented sector who are here for six or 12 weeks.

"This sort of thing is a lot like anti-social behaviour in that it doesn't take many people to do it to make it a major problem.

" "I most certainly wouldn't cast the main blame on students.

"I would be hesitant to blame any one set of people."

John Rees, Cheltenham Borough Council's environmental maintenance manager, said: "We take fly tipping very seriously and will take direct action. People can either call us or email us to report any incidences of fly tipping.

"We aim to ensure a swift removal as these items are unsightly and may cause a danger.

"We may decide to get our enforcement team involved if there is a possibility we can trace whoever is responsible."

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  • Lindycg  |  December 06 2012, 8:07PM

    Having spent the weekend in London with clean streets, I was appalled at the litter-strewn streets of Cheltenham when I came back! Its disgusting and a great pity for such a beautiful town! Its time the council made it priority to keep the streets clean and reintroduce weekly bin collections - which is a major problem and correct me if I'm wrong but weren't they told to reintroduce weekly collections? And didn't the Government offer them the money to do so? The state of the town - and broken pavements - is a reflection on councillors - don't they know that? Do they care?

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  • Steve_Thomas  |  November 29 2012, 11:48PM

    I've just picked up an empty Champagne bottle from the pavement in Sherborne Place, which had been there since the weekend. The street cleaners had walked past it every morning, until I got fed up with seeing it there and chucked it in somebody's wheelie bin.

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  • Hubert1841  |  November 29 2012, 7:37PM

    Is Lansdown Road one of them, TiG? The printed version had all ten, so why not the online version as well, eh?

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  • NamChelt  |  November 29 2012, 4:03PM

    The number of times the council were called out to clean up the street does not indicate that they are the "dirtiest" - more likely that the residents of those streets are keen to keep them clean and free of fly-tipped items.

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  • Takeaway22  |  November 29 2012, 1:37PM

    Is it really fly-tipping? Who would fly-tip on their own doorstep....unless it is not residents of St Pauls. If it is St Pauls residents, then surely it is littering?

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  • Mark_S  |  November 29 2012, 1:02PM

    Most of this problem would go away if the council had weekly bin collections and also collected excess rubbish in bags on the street. Instead we have fortnightly collections, bins are not emptied if the lids are not closed, and the binmen won't pick up extra bags left by the bins. The problem has been created by the council. They have the offer of funding from central government to reinstate weekly collections but they do not. Instead, they have to send out council workers and "enforcement teams" to deal with the inevitable result of their own policy

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  • daudji  |  November 29 2012, 12:46PM

    Its only a part of St Pauls that is worst affected, where the majority of students live and generally it has been noticed, contrary to Councillor Walklets' assumption, that the problem is far worse during term time. Easy to decide if student properties are the likely culprits just check the amount of emergency clearances during and immediately after term times and those during holidays at the university Its not mainly fly tipping either its household waste left on pavements and dumped in alleys as well as the odd mattress or sofa.

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  • andrewlansley  |  November 29 2012, 12:46PM

    Very pleased that the Echo have highlighted the problems we have with waste management and litter. There has been a massive upsurge in complaints to the council because the community of St Paul's and the residents associations have all been proactive in reporting problems as they arise. I don't think "it would make for difficult reading for the St Paul's residents" as the author of this article suggests - some people are starting to take pride in the area and we've still got some way to go.

  • whiteangeluk  |  November 29 2012, 12:42PM

    "Councillor Jon Walklett (St Paul's, LD) agreed, but said the faults in St Paul's should not be blamed on students." He appears not to know this ward as well as maybe he should. The article than goes on to state he believes that part of the problem is that as well as having a very densely populated ward, we have a high proportion of transient people who come in to the private rented sector who are here for six or 12 weeks. There are a large portion of rented homes but 95% of them are student lets. I expect he would state a few weeks ago on a Monday when bins are placed out for Tuesday when bins are emptied, that the ripping open of bin bags and knocking over of the bins are somehow large rats coming from Pittville park into Marle Hill Parade. As we don't want anyone to think that students would every do such a thing after all just look at the homes there front gardens all neat and tidy... yet the residents and others that live in St Pauls their gardens are filled with empty bottles bins flowing over without a care for the area after all why would they care if house prices fall. I would urge our local councillors to talk to the bin man and others that deal with the problems in St Pauls, rather than sweeping them under the carpet. As a resident myself i am fed up with the mess also the noise on a Monday through to early hours Tuesday and Wednesday night into Thursday mornings, not to even mention how you can't park in your own road.

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  November 29 2012, 11:04AM

    Ah yes, but St Pauls is cool remember? Just ignore the filth and crime, it's ok - it's cool. http://tinyurl.com/ceoj3ba

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