'Clean up our town', say Trowbridge councillors
Trrowbridge councillors are facing a showdown with Wiltshire Council over the upkeep of streets in the county town.
Their concerns regarding the quality of the work carried out by contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places are expected to be raised with Wiltshire Councillor John Thomson, cabinet member responsible for highways, at tonight’s Trowbridge Area Board meeting at County Hall.
Some councillors on the board believe the service provided by the company for its £25million-a-year highways contract is not up to scratch.
Trowbridge Town and Wiltshire Cllr Graham Payne, the Area Board chairman, said: “We’ve had people complaining to us that some streets have not been cleaned for a long time and there are very untidy areas of Trowbridge which are unacceptable.
“I doubt this would be an acceptable standard for tourist traps such as Bradford on Avon or Salisbury.”
Two particular areas of concern in the town are New Road and Mortimer Street.
As part of the five-year deal, which began in June, Balfour Beatty provides the region’s highways maintenance, street cleaning, grass cutting, street lighting and winter maintenance among other services.
Since the contract started, Cllr Thomson admitted ‘teething problems’ with the new service after the council receiving numerous complaints about the lack of grass cutting across Wiltshire over the summer and some councillors called for a review of the contract which was refused.
Trowbridge Town and Wiltshire Cllr Jeff Osborn is angry that eight trees outside The Gateway shops, which should have been looked after under the contract, have died.
He said: “I and other councillors had worked years to get that development into the town but what’s the point when the council treats it this way?”
Trowbridge Town and Wiltshire Cllr John Knight, who represents the town centre, said he had been told the trees will be replanted.
Ahead of the meeting, Cllr Thomson said: “There’s always issues with a new contract especially one of this size but I think they are beginning to get into their stride and at this stage the implementation is going well.” Tonight's Area Board is open to the public and starts at 7pm.
Comments are closed on this article.