Frome 'street cleaners aren't meeting set standards'
THE state of Frome streets has not improved despite new contractors being employed this summer, according to the town council.
In fact town councillor Claire Hudson has been so angered by the poor service she has photographic evidence of cuttings left scattered on recently mown areas and churned up grassy areas where the wrong machinery was used.
She is not alone. Town clerk Paul Wynne has also been taking daily tours of the town centre with his camera and supplying photographic evidence of dirty paths and streets.
In a report to town councillors last Wednesday night, Mr Wynne admitted improvements in specific areas had improved but this was only as a result of his evidence and reactionary, and did not address the overall standard.
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In September, officers decided not to monitor the street cleaning at all and according to Mr Wynne the town "reverted almost immediately back to a grubby and uncared for environment".
Meanwhile, the town council is doubling up on street cleaning by employing a lengthsmen providing supplementary cleaning every morning seven days a week.
Mr Wynne said: "It is my view that Mendip District Council must be able to effectively monitor and enforce the standards required by its contract."
In May, the town council launched a massive town-wide campaign to clean up Frome.
The high-profile initiative won the backing of traders, office workers, community groups, families and businesses who rallied to rid the streets of rubbish and dog mess and demonstrate their pride in the town where they live and work.
The launch was followed by a string of events and a poster campaign.
At last week's internal affairs meeting, councillors decided to put the pressure on Mendip and the contractors to meet the contractual standard, challenge the council over their ability to monitor and enforce the contract standards and review the most effective use of the town's lengthsmen to avoid duplication and achieve a higher standard of cleanliness in the town.