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Anger builds over messy rubbish bags littering Gloucester's streets

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

Rubbish bags dumped on Northgate Street on Friday

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EVERYONE needs to play their part in keeping Gloucester’s streets clean, council bosses have warned after waste was strewn around the city centre.

Bags of rubbish were left on Northgate Street and boxes of cardboard were dumped on Westgate Street on Friday last week – but were not collected until the following day.

Fears that the rubbish makes the city centre look unsightly to visitors and residents alike have been raised after city council bosses spotted the abandoned waste.

The city’s environment champion, councillor Sajid Patel, said that everyone has a duty to keep the city centre looking smart.

Mr Patel (C, Barton and Tredworth) said: “I came across the unacceptable pile of trade waste this afternoon during a routine city centre inspection.

“We immediately spoke to staff at the business responsible for the waste, requesting an explanation as to why the waste was on the street at the wrong time, and also making it clear that the waste needed to be removed and not left outside overnight.

“This trade waste is not collected by the city council’s waste and recycling partner Amey, but by another company which had apparently made false promises on a given collection time.

“It is the responsibility of the traders to ensure they are registered with a trade waste carrier and that it is not left on the streets during shopping hours.”

He would not say which trader or waste firm was responsible.

Shopper Marion Taylor, 73, from Hucclecote, said: “I think the streets look fine but rubbish bags don’t help. It is hard to see where else they could put them but they shouldn’t be kept out overnight in my opinion.”

Council bosses also want traders to adopt new gull-proof bags before the gulls make a return to the city.

The bags were first introduced last year and allow traders to put their normal rubbish bags into them to prevent gulls from attacking them for their contents. They are designed to stop a repeat of last year’s scenes of bags emptied of their contents and waste flying down the Gate streets.

Martin Raper, general manager of Amey Gloucester said that issuing the bags to 100 city centre traders would deliver ‘an improvement in service’.

He added: “Addressing this will make a noticeable improvement to the appearance of Gloucester’s streets.”

Business have a legal obligation to prevent the escape of waste.

Ann Wooldridge, co-owner of Peppers, in Bull Lane, was one of the first traders to adopt the scheme. She said: “With the new bags, the gulls don’t go anywhere near them, they are brilliant.”

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