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ROADSIDE verges in Winterbourne will be cut more often as part of a move to give parish and town councils more say in the provision of streetcare services. Winterbourne Parish Council plans to have its mowers out on ten occasions during the year to keep the grass trim – supplementing the twiceyearly cut carried out by South Gloucestershire Council. It has also taken over responsibility for maintaining six shrub beds and will contract South Gloucestershire to maintain some of its dog waste bins. National guidance now allows dog waste to be placed in any litter bin or domestic black bin but some parishes, including Winterbourne, have opted to keep a number of its dog bins after consulting with residents. Tim Bowles, Winterbourne’s chairman, said: “We have a wide and varied range of streetcare management requirements. “We felt that by embracing the principles of localism, we could provide an enhanced level of service that is tailored to meet the specific needs of our community. “We already manage some
Mowers at the ready for more grass cutting very popular open spaces throughout the parish and will be using this experience to provide a programme designed to meet the specific needs of each area. “This will see the parish council providing additional grass cutting and maintenance services and give us the ability to be even more responsive to the needs of our parishioners.” The parish has been given its new responsibilities as part of arrangements that have just come into force. Under the streetcare localism scheme, responsibility for some services can be devolved to communities, parishes and individuals where it is possible, giving better value for money. Claire Young, chairwoman of South Gloucestershire’s communities committee, said: “This scheme builds on the good practices and working relationships that already exist. “I’m delighted by the positive response we have had from Independent Co-educational All age
parish and town councils. Many have, in consultation with their residents, tailored their street care services to local needs and priorities. “Localism is very much about moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ model to a more flexible, locally responsive approach, so it’s great to see the range of enhanced services being introduced across the district.” Meanwhile, householders in the Frome Valley now have to pay £36 a year to continue to have garden waste emptied from their green wheelie bins every fortnight. There is also an option to use the service occasionally, with clippings and cuttings going into waste sacks that cost £2 each, are on sale in libraries and have to be booked in for collection. Residents can also compost garden and uncooked kitchen waste at home or take material to the district’s Sort It! recycling centres.
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Published on Apr 3, 2014