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Councillors Hope Communities Will Play Bigger Role In Cleaning Areas

Tuesday April 2 2013


Would you help to clean your area? Would you help to clean your area?


COUNCILLORS hope communties will play a bigger role in keeping their local areas clean after government cuts.

Cabinet members heard that the cuts to local authority budgets means front-line services like Neighbourhood Pride find themselves at risk of staffing cuts.

They received a report which detailed Development, Environment and Culture’s response to The Physical Sustainability Scrutiny Commission on litter collection and street cleansing.

The report included ways which may help in the battle against littering and street cleansing.

These include things such as a volunteer workforce, transfer of work to local social enterprise and exploring partnerships with organisations in the public and private sector.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “Councillors, as community champions, will be key to bringing the public on board to work with the council by taking their litter home and also taking responsibility for keeping their communities clean.”

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Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 15:53
people should keep their own areas clean but they wont. If council cut peoples jobs in this sector then many places will become filthy.

Reply Posted by mick on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 16:13
Maybe all Landlords should have a license to trade . Then the slum landlords who seem to let the same slum tenants into there slum houses would do something about sorting the trash they just seem to throw everywhere.Dirty people !

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 16:13
It's a nice idea but it can be a thankless task. I sweep & keep the weeds down on the pavement outside my house. Then you come along the next day and there's a big steaming dog turd laying there.

Reply Posted by STEVO on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 16:42
Tell me this is a JOKE?

What the HELL do we pay council tax for?
Oh yeah, i nearly forgot fountains we DONT want, major unnecessary "revamps" of our municipal buildings and GOLD PLATED PENSIONS.

Don't think I would ever see Miller picking litter up for nowt a yard either.

Mick, it IS a thankless task, I am forever picking up rubbish out of my front garden as I still have PRIDE.

The funniest thing I have EVER seen was when Rt Hon Dan Jarvis came round "canvassing" and he proceeded to step in the biggest pile of sh*t (Alsatian or other big dog) just outside my front gate.
Sh*t sticks eh!

Reply Posted by Tony on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 19:07
It's fine calling on civic pride when asking for volunteers, but where's the council's civic pride? What do you do for your existing volunteers?

London organised a jobs fair for the Olympic 'Games Makers' what are you doing for Barnsley's unemployed volunteers? How about a quick survey and/or a few CVs and a skills list for employers to view? Do you actually know how many volunteers you already have? Do you do anything?, do you give them anything back?, or do you just want summat for nowt like our unemployed are too often accused?

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday April 4 2013 at 11:43
Roy Miller must have the brains of a rocking horse. I am suprised that he dare show his face in public after that fiasco he has presided over at the bottom of Old Mill Lane. Now he calls Councillors 'Community Champions' I bet you would 'not see him and many of his colleagues for dust' if they were not paid a salary and received generous expenses for being a Councillor. A position which should be an honour and not a career option. Councillors, 'Community Champions' you must be joking.

Reply Posted by mary on Thursday April 4 2013 at 15:02
What a load of crap yet again. Why should it be the council suggest public get involved in cleaning up rubbish when they get alot bigger wage for the job of running the county. Soon we wont need council because we are doing it all ourselves. What about us paying council tax who gets that????????????? Time something good happened to boost moral and pig may fly, maybe a statue of a pig flying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Neil on Thursday April 4 2013 at 17:36
Vote these morons out Barnsley!

Reply Posted by turtonstavern on Thursday April 4 2013 at 18:03
What about community service, I thought that anyone getting community service hours had to do jobs like these, or doesn't anyone get this punishment now, preferring cushy prison sentences instead, suppose it would be a human rights issue to expect criminals to do this type of thing wouldn't it?

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday April 4 2013 at 20:03
TT, they get to cut the grass in the graveyards, depending on the weather naturally!

Community service as a "punishment" DOES NOT WORK!
They should be doing proper manual labour like digging drainage ditches by hand.
Will never happen in our namby pamby, politically correct, human rights ,health and safety mad society!

Reply Posted by janet on Sunday April 7 2013 at 10:36
first its sort out your own rubbish for recycle(so council can profit from it from selling it) then they cut rubbish collections, now they want us to clear up everyone elses crap, because they cant be bothered to bin it themselves. we are now being forced to pay towards our council tax, n for what... so barnsley can spend stupid money on stupid paintings to brighten up barnsley... theyd be better off practicing what they preach, ie.. getting rid of chewing gum stuck all over barnsley centre, you cant even complain properly now bout the masses of dog sh*t, as theyve also cut the spending on that. get a grip councelors, if your not prepared to help yourselves, why should we do it for you

Reply Posted by Stevo on Sunday April 7 2013 at 14:17
Janet, do you SERIOUSLY think the revenues earned from selling said recyclables actually go into buying anything for the town?
All goes on the Gold Plated pensions my dear.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Sunday April 7 2013 at 17:20
Unless you know something different Stevo, I thought that the pensions generated by South Yorkshire Pension Fund (i.e. the Council pension scheme) actually made money and were self sufficient unlike the Police and Civil Service pension schemes and that was why they were removed from the pension review undertaken by Central Government to be looked at separately - Gold plated - don't know about that but apparently self financing.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Sunday April 7 2013 at 17:23
Janet - "why should we do it" - because if you don't want to live in pig sty, then you'll have to do it - have some pride in your area and stop blaming the Council for other peoples short comings.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 7 2013 at 17:38
Don't you find it odd that there is no mention of the revenues gained from the recyclables in the glossy brochure that the council hasn't send us this year HR?
Nor any mention of revenues earned in previous years?
Yes the SYPF is self financing and does quite well, and is reasonably good money for both the taxpayer and retiree.
The CSPS scheme is NOT good value for the tax payer and is most certainly "gold plated", have a look at the figures and you would be truly astonished.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Sunday April 7 2013 at 19:12
Stevo - I haven't looked at the CSPS figures but I know as one of my parents was in the civil service and retired early that the pension scheme was very good. However, the argument used was that pay in the civil service when compared to a similar job in Local Government was lower and hence the 'reward' or make up came at a later date - rightly or wrongly is up for debate but there is no denying that the SY Pension scheme is certainly not gold plated and those that work for the Council shouldn't be treated as being fat cat salary earners with great pension pay offs.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 7 2013 at 21:09
HR I never said the SYPS was gold plated.
The CSPS figures would certainly make your eyes water ,anyone who has basic accountancy knowledge could decipher them and would instantly know they are not good value for money for the taxpayer.

Reply Posted by 7 deadly sins on Sunday April 7 2013 at 19:35
Taxi for Stevo.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 7 2013 at 21:05
nah mate i'm here to stay.