Published: Thursday, 3rd Nov 2022

Bolton Council wants residents to share their views on proposed changes to the way our streets are cleaned.

Street cleaning consultationThe council is proposing to make street cleaning services more flexible and efficient, while reduced costs would help the council to reach required budget savings of £37.2m.

Household wheeled bin collections would not be affected.

Enforcement against littering in town centres and communities would also continue unchanged, while street cleaning for the town’s big events, such as the Food and Drink Festival, would go ahead as normal.

The number of litter bins in town centres and on main roads would also stay the same.

And while the council does not expect streets and town centres to be less clean if the proposals go ahead, it may take slightly longer to clean town centres, although this would still be done in the mornings.

As things stand, some of the council's street cleaning teams are allocated to district centres and work to a set shcedule.

In the proposed new setup, this would change so that staff can respond to where the need is greatest - anywhere in the borough.

By using mobile teams and working more efficiently, around £270,000 per year could be saved.

The consultation opens on Thursday 03 November and runs until 02 December.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, councillor Nadim Muslim, said: “We all want to live, work and shop on streets that are clean and safe, which is why street cleaning is one of the most important services that the council provides across the whole of Bolton.

“We are looking to introduce flexible new ways of working that will keep our streets clean, meaning we can target areas with the most need but still focus on the usual areas.

“Our administration has invested £1.5m into creating a cleaner and greener Bolton and while this new flexible model will allow us to make savings, it won’t be at the detriment of our goal of creating a clean and healthy place to live.

“I encourage people across Bolton to take part in our consultation, knowing that their views will be considered alongside other information to help the council decide whether to go ahead with the proposal or not.”

To take part in the public consultation and find more information, visit the consultation page of the Bolton Council website.