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What a 'bloomin' cheek' as cleaning service vanishes from Truro

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 06, 2012

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RESIDENTS in Truro believe the city will look "unloved and uncared for" after a regular street cleaning service was withdrawn.

The accusation comes after Truro was crowned the best entry in the South West in Bloom contest, ahead of this weekend's finals of Britain in Bloom.

Music teacher Martin Davies, of Moresk Road, and pensioners David and Elizabeth Mills, of Mitchell Hill, complained to Cornwall Council and Cory saying litter and leaves was building up in gutters and made the area unsightly.

Mr Davies, who has started sweeping his own street, said: "We used to have a mechanical sweeper that came on a Wednesday. Cory Environmental seems to have withdrawn this service without any warning or notification whatsoever and this is despite the fact that we still pay for it through our council tax.

"The drains are blocked because they are never emptied either. The slightest amount of rain causes the drains to fill, overflow and the grilles to be lifted clear which become a hazard to motorists and cyclists. "

Mrs Mills said her daughter slipped on wet leaves near her home and banged her head.

She said: "The wet leaves make the pavement slippery and dangerous.

"We regularly find broken bottles and discarded food takeaway boxes in the street. We should take a pride in where we live.

"This is a drop in our service that must be happening across the county."

To their amazement, following their complaint to the West Briton last week, mechanical road sweepers were sent in on Saturday and again Monday, as well as a man sweeping the pavement.

Mr Mills, who feared the state of the roads gave the impression that "we didn't care, and the city looked unloved," was dumbfounded when the cleaners turned up.

"They don't come for months then they're here several times.

"Whether it's because we complained or it's the Britain in Bloom competition I can't say."

He said street cleaners were last seen in July when the South West in Bloom judges were in the city.

In a joint statement Cory Environmental and Cornwall Council said street cleansing was now based on meeting a required standard of cleanliness, rather than cleaning a set number of times. It said: "The standards are closely monitored by Cornwall Council and Cory, alongside feedback from town and parish councils and residents to help target resources and identify hotspots.

"We have a code of practice so we can cleanse what needs cleansing and target resources where they are most needed. This area of Truro has been monitored and is meeting the required standard of cleanliness."

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  • DoUntoOthers  |  October 08 2012, 3:53PM

    Buzz, I applaud your sense of community. I can't help thinking though that this is a 'we'll do it when it gets bad' mentality. Lets put this in context with an simplified example. You pay a guy one a year. For that, he agrees to visit once a month to clean your windows. Half way through that contract he decides to only visit to clean the windows when they need cleaning. You have paid for 12 visits. Do you feel short changed ? All the organisation and monitoring that goes into these things surely equates to the money spent if they just turned up on a regular basis. This feels like nothing more than another profit making company trying to squeeze more profit out of a deal.

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  • buzzzz  |  October 06 2012, 10:04AM

    "In a joint statement Cory Environmental and Cornwall Council said street cleansing was now based on meeting a required standard of cleanliness, rather than cleaning a set number of times. It said: "The standards are closely monitored by Cornwall Council and Cory, alongside feedback from town and parish councils and residents to help target resources and identify hotspots." This statement really does make me chuckle. My house in Camborne has many large trees around it and during this time of year it is a nightmare. Leaves, branches and rubbish is all over the place which causes people to slip as they are walking down the paths. A street cleaner last visited an age ago and the paths at the side of our house is regulary strewn with weeds and rubbish. I have a serious back condition which affects my mobility, and before anybody starts ranting, I'm not dolescum who sponges of the state. Even I go outside maybe once a week with a broom and has a go at cleaning up the paths. I regulary spray the weeds on boths sides of the path which includes my neighbours, so if I can do it, why can't anybody else. We all now live in a world where it is all far too easy to moan and complain about the slightest thing and make a claim when we slip on a path. Give it a go sometime, its amazing what you can do in half an hour to make your area a much more pleasant place to live.

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