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.”