A number of communities in and around Bath have benefitted from the efforts of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s “Clean and Green” team.
Peasedown St John, Timsbury and Bathavon North have all been visited by crews, who carried out enhanced cleaning, litter picking and weed removal as well as responding to Fix My Street reports of overhanging vegetation, dirty signs and instances of graffiti.
In some locations, a team from Highways also carried out gully clearing and investigated the need to replace signs.
In Temple Cloud and Weston, local councillors, volunteer litter pickers and council staff came together for a community action day.
Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “The council’s Clean and Green team is helping to improve specific areas, but we also recognise that there are lots of active volunteer groups across Bath and North East Somerset who work hard to keep their community clean and green.
“I am keen to encourage residents and local groups to get involved by organising their own Clean and Green community action days, because they make a positive difference.
“We have equipment that you can easily borrow, just get in touch with our team.”
Radstock has a very active volunteer group, the Radstock Wombles, who are out almost every Sunday litter picking and keeping the community clean.
Their hard work was supplemented by the Clean and Green team in the town last week.
Keynsham will benefit from an action week between 22nd and 26th August, with a community action day planned on 26th August.
Volunteers, councillors and staff will work alongside the Keynsham Wombles litter picking and using the new community weeding equipment.
The volunteers will meet at the Federated Estate and St Francis Church at 10am and finish at 12pm.
Residents and community groups considering organising a community event can contact [email protected] for advice and information.
Community weeding equipment, hoes, shovels and brushes, can be borrowed from the No Place for Litter hubs in Keynsham, Radstock, Chew Magna or Bath.
The 12-month Clean and Green project was funded by a one-off investment of £950,000 from the council’s 2022/2023 budget to help clean up neighbourhoods across the district.
As part of the project, a newly employed team member has so far removed graffiti from 10 residential properties across the area.
If you are a homeowner or a tenant and there is graffiti on your home that you would like removed, you can use this online form to request the free service.