Calls made to clean up Weymouth's streets

Stewart Pearson with his Wish You Were Here postcard display

Litter in Weymouth town centre

Litter in Weymouth town centre

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CALLS are being made for immediate action to tackle Weymouth’s litter problems.

Cllr Stewart Pearson has created a collage of photographs showing the extent of the litter problem plaguing the town’s streets with fears the rubbish could be a ‘lasting image’ for holidaymakers.

See the picture gallery here.

He presented the collage, which shows rubbish strewn along a number of roads in the town centre, at a meeting of the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP).

Cllr Pearson says he decided to take action after receiving a number of complaints from concerned residents.

He added: “I’d been getting earache off the wife for weeks about all the rubbish on the road when she walks to work early on Tuesday mornings.

“She was having to cross the road to avoid the seagulls it attracts, as they can be quite nasty at times.”

He added: “This has been a problem for weeks and weeks. If you go into town at 8am it has all been cleared up but first thing in the morning the litter is everywhere.

“Myself and Cllr Mike Byatt are really concerned about this and we want something done. There needs to be immediate action.

“It is an unpleasant sight for residents and it is off-putting for visitors to the town.

“This is something for Dorset Waste Partnership to sort out but it needs something done quickly.

“We don’t want this to be a|lasting image for visitors.”

Waste partnership chiefs have assured that they are doing ‘all they can’ to keep the town|centre’s streets clean.

Steve Burdis, director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, said: “We are aware that some parts of the town centre are messy first thing in the morning. However, we put a lot of time and resources into making sure the town is clean and ready for action by 7am.

“We will continue to work with local members and the community to look at other solutions where necessary.”

Cllr Pearson’s words come as the Dorset Waste Partnership’s Joint Committee has decided to use a budget surplus to boost a county-wide recycling scheme.

DWP has £135.8k left over in its budget this year.

Chiefs have agreed to use the excess money to help implement a new ‘recycle for Dorset’ service.

The service is a new way of collecting recycling and rubbish being introduced across six Dorset districts and boroughs by 2015.

It aims to increase recycling rates, reduce the rubbish sent to landfill, drive down costs and improve customer satisfaction.

East Dorset was the first district selected for the service in 2012. The containers are also used by people in Dorchester, Broadmayne, the Cerne and Piddle Valleys, Charminster, Crossways, Osmington, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Tolpuddle, and in Purbeck.

Residents in West Dorset received their containers in January and February.

And now the ‘recycle for Dorset’ service will be introduced in Weymouth and Portland and part of West Dorset, including Sherborne and Maiden Newton, in October.

The roll-out is due to be completed in 2015.

In a financial report presented to members by DWP treasurer Andy Smith, it was agreed that the under-spend would ‘address continuing pressures’ on the|recycle scheme implementation budget.

All partner councils, apart from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, now have the new services operation in at least part of their area.

It is expected that additional resources of an excess of £400k might be required to complete the implementation of the scheme, according to the financial report.

This figure may be reduced to 100k overspend following a review into how the remaining implementation ‘might be carried out differently.’

The scheme also involves residents receiving an information pack with a user guide, stickers for their recycling containers, a reusable battery bag and free compostable caddy liners.

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7:37am Wed 6 Aug 14

melcombe boy says...

It is a disgrace but things will soon be changing as far as the way our rubbish is being collected in the town centre.
All food waste, which is what the birds are after, will soon have to be in sealed plastic recycling bins. End of problem.
The seagulls are clever critters and will soon stop once thy suss there is no booty to be had.
Dare I say it Echo...... Yet another sensationalist headline that is all a bit empty.
Action is being taken to deal with the problem so where is the story?
It is a disgrace but things will soon be changing as far as the way our rubbish is being collected in the town centre. All food waste, which is what the birds are after, will soon have to be in sealed plastic recycling bins. End of problem. The seagulls are clever critters and will soon stop once thy suss there is no booty to be had. Dare I say it Echo...... Yet another sensationalist headline that is all a bit empty. Action is being taken to deal with the problem so where is the story? melcombe boy
  • Score: 8

7:41am Wed 6 Aug 14

shuttling says...

melcombe boy wrote:
It is a disgrace but things will soon be changing as far as the way our rubbish is being collected in the town centre.
All food waste, which is what the birds are after, will soon have to be in sealed plastic recycling bins. End of problem.
The seagulls are clever critters and will soon stop once thy suss there is no booty to be had.
Dare I say it Echo...... Yet another sensationalist headline that is all a bit empty.
Action is being taken to deal with the problem so where is the story?
So everybody is going to recycle properly are they I don't think so !
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: It is a disgrace but things will soon be changing as far as the way our rubbish is being collected in the town centre. All food waste, which is what the birds are after, will soon have to be in sealed plastic recycling bins. End of problem. The seagulls are clever critters and will soon stop once thy suss there is no booty to be had. Dare I say it Echo...... Yet another sensationalist headline that is all a bit empty. Action is being taken to deal with the problem so where is the story?[/p][/quote]So everybody is going to recycle properly are they I don't think so ! shuttling
  • Score: 4

7:53am Wed 6 Aug 14

MASK & SNORKEL says...

I'd like to add that at Portland Bill, in the council run ( but crown owned ) car park there is a sea of rubbish left on the car park or neatly left next to the toilet block everyday and worse at weekends. Why is this I hear you ask? Because there are No rubbish bins in the car park. There are bins near the Lobster Pot cafe but these get locked after hours. Is there any chance we could have a few bins located there to avoid this unsightly and embarrassing issue?
I'd like to add that at Portland Bill, in the council run ( but crown owned ) car park there is a sea of rubbish left on the car park or neatly left next to the toilet block everyday and worse at weekends. Why is this I hear you ask? Because there are No rubbish bins in the car park. There are bins near the Lobster Pot cafe but these get locked after hours. Is there any chance we could have a few bins located there to avoid this unsightly and embarrassing issue? MASK & SNORKEL
  • Score: 7

8:01am Wed 6 Aug 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back.

I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to.

I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy!
The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back. I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to. I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy! PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 6

8:49am Wed 6 Aug 14

ARJAYBE says...

If you look really closely, you can see in each photo there are suspicious looking seagulls walking away from the rubbish.

I think we have caught the culprits!

but on a serious note, yes this is disgusting and needs to change.
If you look really closely, you can see in each photo there are suspicious looking seagulls walking away from the rubbish. I think we have caught the culprits! but on a serious note, yes this is disgusting and needs to change. ARJAYBE
  • Score: 4

9:11am Wed 6 Aug 14

Preston North End says...

Rubbish bins need to be flip-top, like in Bournemouth, rather than open. Rubbish that gets put in blows straight out again. Or the seagulls drag it out. It's not rocket science.
Rubbish bins need to be flip-top, like in Bournemouth, rather than open. Rubbish that gets put in blows straight out again. Or the seagulls drag it out. It's not rocket science. Preston North End
  • Score: 6

9:20am Wed 6 Aug 14

Username90 says...

The problem as we all know are the seagulls and other animals getting into the plastic bags, rather then solving the problem each morning by cleaning up the mess made (which probably costs a lot to do) why not prevent the problem in the first place and use plastic bins with lids. And other preventive methods, this will cost a lot less.
The problem as we all know are the seagulls and other animals getting into the plastic bags, rather then solving the problem each morning by cleaning up the mess made (which probably costs a lot to do) why not prevent the problem in the first place and use plastic bins with lids. And other preventive methods, this will cost a lot less. Username90
  • Score: 4

9:23am Wed 6 Aug 14

melcombe boy says...

shuttling wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
It is a disgrace but things will soon be changing as far as the way our rubbish is being collected in the town centre.
All food waste, which is what the birds are after, will soon have to be in sealed plastic recycling bins. End of problem.
The seagulls are clever critters and will soon stop once thy suss there is no booty to be had.
Dare I say it Echo...... Yet another sensationalist headline that is all a bit empty.
Action is being taken to deal with the problem so where is the story?
So everybody is going to recycle properly are they I don't think so !
The point is that positive action is being taken. Hence it is not really a headline story. The Echo is should have been raising this issue 5 years ago.
If everybody takes your attitude, then no, the problem won't go away.
[quote][p][bold]shuttling[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: It is a disgrace but things will soon be changing as far as the way our rubbish is being collected in the town centre. All food waste, which is what the birds are after, will soon have to be in sealed plastic recycling bins. End of problem. The seagulls are clever critters and will soon stop once thy suss there is no booty to be had. Dare I say it Echo...... Yet another sensationalist headline that is all a bit empty. Action is being taken to deal with the problem so where is the story?[/p][/quote]So everybody is going to recycle properly are they I don't think so ![/p][/quote]The point is that positive action is being taken. Hence it is not really a headline story. The Echo is should have been raising this issue 5 years ago. If everybody takes your attitude, then no, the problem won't go away. melcombe boy
  • Score: 1

9:37am Wed 6 Aug 14

melcombe boy says...

PORTLAND ROVER wrote:
The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back.

I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to.

I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy!
You want a gift wrapped service do you?
If you create the rubbish you should be responsible enough to make sure it is safe to leave out, be it at the bottom of the road or even outside your front door!
The poor old refuse collection service get a lot of stick but they really do a great job with limited resources and indeed always sweep away the seagull created mess quickly and efficiently on the seafront every collection day.
I live on the seafront and see the carnage created by seagulls and humans alike.
There is one big difference. The seagulls don't know they are doing anything wrong! Humans apparently have a bigger brain and should know better.
[quote][p][bold]PORTLAND ROVER[/bold] wrote: The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back. I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to. I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy![/p][/quote]You want a gift wrapped service do you? If you create the rubbish you should be responsible enough to make sure it is safe to leave out, be it at the bottom of the road or even outside your front door! The poor old refuse collection service get a lot of stick but they really do a great job with limited resources and indeed always sweep away the seagull created mess quickly and efficiently on the seafront every collection day. I live on the seafront and see the carnage created by seagulls and humans alike. There is one big difference. The seagulls don't know they are doing anything wrong! Humans apparently have a bigger brain and should know better. melcombe boy
  • Score: 16

9:38am Wed 6 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

I do have sympathy here because the Seagulls are a difficult problem and they are very strong and ultra persistent when they smell food. But surely some of the problem areas can do better. Its up to the residents and the council and the waste people to get together and get this sorted to a better standard.

I doubt it will ever go away because unfortunately some people just ditch their flimsy black bags in the street and it's party time for Cedric the Seagull.

We all see the waste guys going around, and I applaud them, I think they do a great job, but they aren't magicians I am afraid, they have to start the day at street A and finish in Street Z. And before they get to Street B the Seagulls have created merry hell.
I do have sympathy here because the Seagulls are a difficult problem and they are very strong and ultra persistent when they smell food. But surely some of the problem areas can do better. Its up to the residents and the council and the waste people to get together and get this sorted to a better standard. I doubt it will ever go away because unfortunately some people just ditch their flimsy black bags in the street and it's party time for Cedric the Seagull. We all see the waste guys going around, and I applaud them, I think they do a great job, but they aren't magicians I am afraid, they have to start the day at street A and finish in Street Z. And before they get to Street B the Seagulls have created merry hell. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 6

9:41am Wed 6 Aug 14

melcombe boy says...

Username90 wrote:
The problem as we all know are the seagulls and other animals getting into the plastic bags, rather then solving the problem each morning by cleaning up the mess made (which probably costs a lot to do) why not prevent the problem in the first place and use plastic bins with lids. And other preventive methods, this will cost a lot less.
But that is what is happening. The system is changing!!! This is a non story in the long term.
[quote][p][bold]Username90[/bold] wrote: The problem as we all know are the seagulls and other animals getting into the plastic bags, rather then solving the problem each morning by cleaning up the mess made (which probably costs a lot to do) why not prevent the problem in the first place and use plastic bins with lids. And other preventive methods, this will cost a lot less.[/p][/quote]But that is what is happening. The system is changing!!! This is a non story in the long term. melcombe boy
  • Score: 1

9:45am Wed 6 Aug 14

eylesdf says...

Well done councilor for pursuing this, although it might have been an idea not to go to the Echo. Was this mainly trade waste from shops, food outlets etc?. Something should have been done years ago. What happened to the gull proof bags? Overall although the waste collection service is changing later on this year what will be the rules for trade waste and the WPBC litter bins . In the holiday season the litter bins are also overflowing during the day and at festivals etc. Although they may be cleared at some time it is not often enough. I watched the frustrated refuse collectors on Customs House Quay yesterday as they opened the black recycling bins, only to see piles of cans and bottles etc spill out of the fronts all over the road. They then spent ages picking them up. The Recycling bins were the problem. Very badly designed when items pushed through the holes may or may not go into the hidden green rubbish bin inside. I think these were part of our Olympic legacy.
Well done councilor for pursuing this, although it might have been an idea not to go to the Echo. Was this mainly trade waste from shops, food outlets etc?. Something should have been done years ago. What happened to the gull proof bags? Overall although the waste collection service is changing later on this year what will be the rules for trade waste and the WPBC litter bins . In the holiday season the litter bins are also overflowing during the day and at festivals etc. Although they may be cleared at some time it is not often enough. I watched the frustrated refuse collectors on Customs House Quay yesterday as they opened the black recycling bins, only to see piles of cans and bottles etc spill out of the fronts all over the road. They then spent ages picking them up. The Recycling bins were the problem. Very badly designed when items pushed through the holes may or may not go into the hidden green rubbish bin inside. I think these were part of our Olympic legacy. eylesdf
  • Score: 1

10:00am Wed 6 Aug 14

katster24 says...

I called up the council over a year ago and the ECHO!!!! But nobody got back to me SHOCK!! Some of the worse offenders are tourists!!! and yes local people too. Instead of spending tax payers money on stupid rock eye sores!! put it in to buying more bins. Maybe have a monthly clean up and get residents involved. I pick lots of litter up on the Dorchester Road!! I'm not to proud to do it. When I was an Army wife in Bovington, we got all the families together once a month to have a good clear up and it worked!!! It also teaches kids about the litter problems and the effects it has on this lovely Country. Weymouth is a mess!! As soon as you come off the relief road, all you see is litter. Stop making excuses and get the job done!!!! More bins & workers to clear Dorset up x
I called up the council over a year ago and the ECHO!!!! But nobody got back to me SHOCK!! Some of the worse offenders are tourists!!! and yes local people too. Instead of spending tax payers money on stupid rock eye sores!! put it in to buying more bins. Maybe have a monthly clean up and get residents involved. I pick lots of litter up on the Dorchester Road!! I'm not to proud to do it. When I was an Army wife in Bovington, we got all the families together once a month to have a good clear up and it worked!!! It also teaches kids about the litter problems and the effects it has on this lovely Country. Weymouth is a mess!! As soon as you come off the relief road, all you see is litter. Stop making excuses and get the job done!!!! More bins & workers to clear Dorset up x katster24
  • Score: 1

10:10am Wed 6 Aug 14

Dkny1982 says...

Does anyone else think there are just far too many seagulls now
Does anyone else think there are just far too many seagulls now Dkny1982
  • Score: 3

10:12am Wed 6 Aug 14

PORTLAND ROVER says...

melcombe boy wrote:
PORTLAND ROVER wrote:
The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back.

I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to.

I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy!
You want a gift wrapped service do you?
If you create the rubbish you should be responsible enough to make sure it is safe to leave out, be it at the bottom of the road or even outside your front door!
The poor old refuse collection service get a lot of stick but they really do a great job with limited resources and indeed always sweep away the seagull created mess quickly and efficiently on the seafront every collection day.
I live on the seafront and see the carnage created by seagulls and humans alike.
There is one big difference. The seagulls don't know they are doing anything wrong! Humans apparently have a bigger brain and should know better.
Well, if you care to have a walk around most streets of Portland, you will find debris / Nappies and other nasty's left after collection.

You seem to suggest that I MYSELF is the problem, well, I can assure you that I USE the council provided anti gull bag.... the problem lies with those who do not! And looking at the photo in the report.... these bags are not in gull proof bags.

I did not say the collectors were not doing a good job, I was making a point that their job is becoming easier as the public has pretty much got to present it to them, which is not so easy for the elderly residents.

You refer to the Weymouth seafront which you say gets swept-up after collection... if only we had that luxury on Portland and other areas.

Do I want a gift wrapped service? No... but I would want my money's worth... If you got a contractor in to replace your boiler... you would make **** sure they left your house clean and tidy... Why... Because you live there and you have paid for the service.

It is not the fault of the refuse collectors... their remit is followed to the letter. The fault lies with the management process... as in most cases with anything.

Please read my original post again, because I do not think you understood it.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PORTLAND ROVER[/bold] wrote: The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back. I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to. I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy![/p][/quote]You want a gift wrapped service do you? If you create the rubbish you should be responsible enough to make sure it is safe to leave out, be it at the bottom of the road or even outside your front door! The poor old refuse collection service get a lot of stick but they really do a great job with limited resources and indeed always sweep away the seagull created mess quickly and efficiently on the seafront every collection day. I live on the seafront and see the carnage created by seagulls and humans alike. There is one big difference. The seagulls don't know they are doing anything wrong! Humans apparently have a bigger brain and should know better.[/p][/quote]Well, if you care to have a walk around most streets of Portland, you will find debris / Nappies and other nasty's left after collection. You seem to suggest that I MYSELF is the problem, well, I can assure you that I USE the council provided anti gull bag.... the problem lies with those who do not! And looking at the photo in the report.... these bags are not in gull proof bags. I did not say the collectors were not doing a good job, I was making a point that their job is becoming easier as the public has pretty much got to present it to them, which is not so easy for the elderly residents. You refer to the Weymouth seafront which you say gets swept-up after collection... if only we had that luxury on Portland and other areas. Do I want a gift wrapped service? No... but I would want my money's worth... If you got a contractor in to replace your boiler... you would make **** sure they left your house clean and tidy... Why... Because you live there and you have paid for the service. It is not the fault of the refuse collectors... their remit is followed to the letter. The fault lies with the management process... as in most cases with anything. Please read my original post again, because I do not think you understood it. PORTLAND ROVER
  • Score: 2

11:09am Wed 6 Aug 14

AndyCooke says...

I can't help but think that this councillors time would have been far better spent actually using his position as an elected member to make things happen rather than basking in the glory of getting his mention in The Echo.

Does he not realise that it's precisely this front page attention grabbing kind of headline in The Echo that goes a long way to creating a false image of our town for our visitors to see. He has been incredibly selective in his choice of images and the time they were taken and has been no help whatsoever to our town's tourist trade ...
I can't help but think that this councillors time would have been far better spent actually using his position as an elected member to make things happen rather than basking in the glory of getting his mention in The Echo. Does he not realise that it's precisely this front page attention grabbing kind of headline in The Echo that goes a long way to creating a false image of our town for our visitors to see. He has been incredibly selective in his choice of images and the time they were taken and has been no help whatsoever to our town's tourist trade ... AndyCooke
  • Score: 13

11:15am Wed 6 Aug 14

Carlton Road Resident says...

I totally agree with the Echo report, as a resident o Carlton Road South, myself and my neighbours are constantly contacting the council asking for paths and footpaths to be cleared of rubbish - not much food for the birds - but plenty of beer cans and other rubbish. I am fairly new to Weymouth and must admit this is the one main problem I have noticed. I have had holiday makers ask if there is an alternative route to the railway station to avoid the messy footpath. I find the ideas of not having rubbish bins and dog waste bins a bit strange i.e. if they are there people will use them, is that not what they are for?
I totally agree with the Echo report, as a resident o Carlton Road South, myself and my neighbours are constantly contacting the council asking for paths and footpaths to be cleared of rubbish - not much food for the birds - but plenty of beer cans and other rubbish. I am fairly new to Weymouth and must admit this is the one main problem I have noticed. I have had holiday makers ask if there is an alternative route to the railway station to avoid the messy footpath. I find the ideas of not having rubbish bins and dog waste bins a bit strange i.e. if they are there people will use them, is that not what they are for? Carlton Road Resident
  • Score: 1

11:25am Wed 6 Aug 14

mollyanna says...

I live in town and would just like our bins empty every week they used to but not anymore so rubbish is everywhere you take the dog out or leave for work their are some streets you can't walk down because the rubbish is so bad
You are worried about people on holiday what they will think ???
But don't care about us that live here and pay for it ?
Maybe everyone who lives in town should get money back from their council tax as we are not getting the service we pay for
I live in town and would just like our bins empty every week they used to but not anymore so rubbish is everywhere you take the dog out or leave for work their are some streets you can't walk down because the rubbish is so bad You are worried about people on holiday what they will think ??? But don't care about us that live here and pay for it ? Maybe everyone who lives in town should get money back from their council tax as we are not getting the service we pay for mollyanna
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

February1948 says...

Can I just make an observation here? These photos seem to have been taken very, very early in the day and before the refuse collectors have been around, so presumably by the time the town wakes up the rubbish has gone.
Also, as most of the rubbish the seagulls go after probably results from the late-night takeaways, couldn't the Council ask the proprietorsto pay for the provision of hard-topped bins outside their premises which the seagulls can't open? It would be good PR for them and their names could be painted on the bins as "Donated by ..."
Just a thought.
Can I just make an observation here? These photos seem to have been taken very, very early in the day and before the refuse collectors have been around, so presumably by the time the town wakes up the rubbish has gone. Also, as most of the rubbish the seagulls go after probably results from the late-night takeaways, couldn't the Council ask the proprietorsto pay for the provision of hard-topped bins outside their premises which the seagulls can't open? It would be good PR for them and their names could be painted on the bins as "Donated by ..." Just a thought. February1948
  • Score: 8

2:27pm Wed 6 Aug 14

peskykat says...

We have Gull proof Bags on my street in the Town Centre and they do a fantastic job, also living in the Town Centre I am aware of what a great job the street cleaners and refuge collectors do , at the end of the day it is up us to maintain how we deal with our rubbish - far too many lazy people who get Take away late at night just dropping their cartons , etc on the streets even though there are plenty of bins along the streets in the town centre and esplanade , like wise people on the beach , etc fail to take their rubbish with them .
We have Gull proof Bags on my street in the Town Centre and they do a fantastic job, also living in the Town Centre I am aware of what a great job the street cleaners and refuge collectors do , at the end of the day it is up us to maintain how we deal with our rubbish - far too many lazy people who get Take away late at night just dropping their cartons , etc on the streets even though there are plenty of bins along the streets in the town centre and esplanade , like wise people on the beach , etc fail to take their rubbish with them . peskykat
  • Score: 6

3:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

trymybest says...

This is Weymouth it's not RUBBISH it's "ART".
This is Weymouth it's not RUBBISH it's "ART". trymybest
  • Score: 1

3:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

melcombe boy says...

PORTLAND ROVER wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
PORTLAND ROVER wrote:
The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back.

I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to.

I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy!
You want a gift wrapped service do you?
If you create the rubbish you should be responsible enough to make sure it is safe to leave out, be it at the bottom of the road or even outside your front door!
The poor old refuse collection service get a lot of stick but they really do a great job with limited resources and indeed always sweep away the seagull created mess quickly and efficiently on the seafront every collection day.
I live on the seafront and see the carnage created by seagulls and humans alike.
There is one big difference. The seagulls don't know they are doing anything wrong! Humans apparently have a bigger brain and should know better.
Well, if you care to have a walk around most streets of Portland, you will find debris / Nappies and other nasty's left after collection.

You seem to suggest that I MYSELF is the problem, well, I can assure you that I USE the council provided anti gull bag.... the problem lies with those who do not! And looking at the photo in the report.... these bags are not in gull proof bags.

I did not say the collectors were not doing a good job, I was making a point that their job is becoming easier as the public has pretty much got to present it to them, which is not so easy for the elderly residents.

You refer to the Weymouth seafront which you say gets swept-up after collection... if only we had that luxury on Portland and other areas.

Do I want a gift wrapped service? No... but I would want my money's worth... If you got a contractor in to replace your boiler... you would make **** sure they left your house clean and tidy... Why... Because you live there and you have paid for the service.

It is not the fault of the refuse collectors... their remit is followed to the letter. The fault lies with the management process... as in most cases with anything.

Please read my original post again, because I do not think you understood it.
No, I read and understood your clearly written post.
I fear you failed to understand my reply.
The problem is caused by inconsiderate residents (you excluded of course) and not the seagulls or refuse collectors.
It is crass and far to easy to say you expect value for money as far as collection is concerned. Yes, you pay for the service but if you want value for money some sort of compromise is necessary. It is a 2 way thing.
Is it really such a big issue to sort and place your rubbish on the street in a safe and secure way. The fact is most people are far to lazy to bother and that is where the problem lies!
I appreciate that the old and infirm may struggle and its sad that family and neighbours don't help enough. Is that the refuse departments fault?
We produce far too much rubbish! We have to accept some responsibility for our waste and think of others!
[quote][p][bold]PORTLAND ROVER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PORTLAND ROVER[/bold] wrote: The new system which allows 1 bag of rubbish per household per week to be collected WILL result in major flytipping. The council has not got this right... the refuge collectors are being told to do less and less... there was a time when our bins were collected from inside our gardens / yards and put back on emptying... now, we have to 'Present' our rubbish for collection and by doing so...those who do not use plastic bins and just put bin liners out are a big part of the problem as it is these bags that the gulls and other vermin rip to shreds. It will not be too long before we will have to wait on the road ourselves until the dust cart arrives and we have to throw our own garbage into the back. I do not understand why 1 or 2 council workers could not follow behind with pickers and bags to collect rubbish that has been strewn on the pavements and roads as a result of split bags, because the guys who collect the bags do not bother.. probably not their fault as their remit insists that they are not allowed to. I fear for the future of waste collection... the area will be a dire mess, with litter everywhere and fly-tipping rife! A false economy![/p][/quote]You want a gift wrapped service do you? If you create the rubbish you should be responsible enough to make sure it is safe to leave out, be it at the bottom of the road or even outside your front door! The poor old refuse collection service get a lot of stick but they really do a great job with limited resources and indeed always sweep away the seagull created mess quickly and efficiently on the seafront every collection day. I live on the seafront and see the carnage created by seagulls and humans alike. There is one big difference. The seagulls don't know they are doing anything wrong! Humans apparently have a bigger brain and should know better.[/p][/quote]Well, if you care to have a walk around most streets of Portland, you will find debris / Nappies and other nasty's left after collection. You seem to suggest that I MYSELF is the problem, well, I can assure you that I USE the council provided anti gull bag.... the problem lies with those who do not! And looking at the photo in the report.... these bags are not in gull proof bags. I did not say the collectors were not doing a good job, I was making a point that their job is becoming easier as the public has pretty much got to present it to them, which is not so easy for the elderly residents. You refer to the Weymouth seafront which you say gets swept-up after collection... if only we had that luxury on Portland and other areas. Do I want a gift wrapped service? No... but I would want my money's worth... If you got a contractor in to replace your boiler... you would make **** sure they left your house clean and tidy... Why... Because you live there and you have paid for the service. It is not the fault of the refuse collectors... their remit is followed to the letter. The fault lies with the management process... as in most cases with anything. Please read my original post again, because I do not think you understood it.[/p][/quote]No, I read and understood your clearly written post. I fear you failed to understand my reply. The problem is caused by inconsiderate residents (you excluded of course) and not the seagulls or refuse collectors. It is crass and far to easy to say you expect value for money as far as collection is concerned. Yes, you pay for the service but if you want value for money some sort of compromise is necessary. It is a 2 way thing. Is it really such a big issue to sort and place your rubbish on the street in a safe and secure way. The fact is most people are far to lazy to bother and that is where the problem lies! I appreciate that the old and infirm may struggle and its sad that family and neighbours don't help enough. Is that the refuse departments fault? We produce far too much rubbish! We have to accept some responsibility for our waste and think of others! melcombe boy
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

JonnyT says...

Not sure about anyone else - but I'm forever picking up litter (when it's not covered in animal mess) and sticking it in a bin. I neither drop litter, nor is it my paid job to pick up litter. Why do I see very very few people also clearing up?
Not sure about anyone else - but I'm forever picking up litter (when it's not covered in animal mess) and sticking it in a bin. I neither drop litter, nor is it my paid job to pick up litter. Why do I see very very few people also clearing up? JonnyT
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

OhHolyPretender says...

Part of the problem, (a big part) is fly tipping, and quite possibly businesses. I go through town on a week night, any week night, and I'll spot mountains of rubbish bags, just black bin bags out on the street, on a corner, down an alleyway.

Sometimes these are mountains of bags outside a business which I assume is food waste from restaurants which has been dumped, to the single bag on the edge of an allyway which is clearly fly-tipping.

And even though the council is introducing the new bins everywhere, if your property has no space to store the bin (as many propertis in town do not) then you simply don't get one.

It might be better for them to enforce a "Gull bag or nothing" route, if you can't have a plastic bin, you have to use the gull bag. Or perhaps on the day before trash day (or night) have teh bin men drop a skip with a lid somewhere council run (car park etc) for people to drop their waste. Single collection point should speed up garbage men in themorning too.

It won't stop the bin dipping seagulls hwoever (seen many of them climbing out of the bins in town, dragging waste with them) but it might curb them slightly.
Part of the problem, (a big part) is fly tipping, and quite possibly businesses. I go through town on a week night, any week night, and I'll spot mountains of rubbish bags, just black bin bags out on the street, on a corner, down an alleyway. Sometimes these are mountains of bags outside a business which I assume is food waste from restaurants which has been dumped, to the single bag on the edge of an allyway which is clearly fly-tipping. And even though the council is introducing the new bins everywhere, if your property has no space to store the bin (as many propertis in town do not) then you simply don't get one. It might be better for them to enforce a "Gull bag or nothing" route, if you can't have a plastic bin, you have to use the gull bag. Or perhaps on the day before trash day (or night) have teh bin men drop a skip with a lid somewhere council run (car park etc) for people to drop their waste. Single collection point should speed up garbage men in themorning too. It won't stop the bin dipping seagulls hwoever (seen many of them climbing out of the bins in town, dragging waste with them) but it might curb them slightly. OhHolyPretender
  • Score: 0

6:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

tedbungy says...

These photos are from very early in the morning befor anybodys had a chance to clear it up and it didnt get there by it self it was dumped there and not by DWP.

I would also like to see a contractor doing the work how can a council regulate its own workforce
These photos are from very early in the morning befor anybodys had a chance to clear it up and it didnt get there by it self it was dumped there and not by DWP. I would also like to see a contractor doing the work how can a council regulate its own workforce tedbungy
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

frograbbit says...

Get real! I for one cannot understand his thoughts. What does he expect? He admits that the rubbish is cleared by 8am, what time would he like it cleared by, 7am, 6am or earlier? How many visitors to Weymouth are up and about before 8am? Not many I would suggest. I would also suggest that he gets off his high horse, stop doing what his wife tells him to do, and do something positive about the disgusting shop fronts in the centre of town, THIS is what will put tourists off of visiting the town! After investigation I have discovered that from October Weymouth will have bins, not bags, so as the cllr should be well aware, this problem will go away!
Get real! I for one cannot understand his thoughts. What does he expect? He admits that the rubbish is cleared by 8am, what time would he like it cleared by, 7am, 6am or earlier? How many visitors to Weymouth are up and about before 8am? Not many I would suggest. I would also suggest that he gets off his high horse, stop doing what his wife tells him to do, and do something positive about the disgusting shop fronts in the centre of town, THIS is what will put tourists off of visiting the town! After investigation I have discovered that from October Weymouth will have bins, not bags, so as the cllr should be well aware, this problem will go away! frograbbit
  • Score: 5

9:04pm Wed 6 Aug 14

portland rebel says...

MASK & SNORKEL wrote:
I'd like to add that at Portland Bill, in the council run ( but crown owned ) car park there is a sea of rubbish left on the car park or neatly left next to the toilet block everyday and worse at weekends. Why is this I hear you ask? Because there are No rubbish bins in the car park. There are bins near the Lobster Pot cafe but these get locked after hours. Is there any chance we could have a few bins located there to avoid this unsightly and embarrassing issue?
the bins by the lobster pot are owned by the cafe and emptied at their expense, i was informed by our council(weymouths council) that their policy for portland, unlike weymouth, is that they do not provide bins as they would have to be emptied, so they rely on folks taking their rubbish home clearly this does not work. where there are a few bins and i mean a few at chesil cove they are left overflowing all week and only emptied on a monday.
as for recycling unlike denmark that machine sorts one collection per household per week and have 100% recycling our councils want us to do half the job for them, then we have 3 different collections, if you take the carbon foot print and cost into consideration, i bet their is little if any gain in cost, but as long as landfill tax is down it doesnt matter that it cost twice as much.
[quote][p][bold]MASK & SNORKEL[/bold] wrote: I'd like to add that at Portland Bill, in the council run ( but crown owned ) car park there is a sea of rubbish left on the car park or neatly left next to the toilet block everyday and worse at weekends. Why is this I hear you ask? Because there are No rubbish bins in the car park. There are bins near the Lobster Pot cafe but these get locked after hours. Is there any chance we could have a few bins located there to avoid this unsightly and embarrassing issue?[/p][/quote]the bins by the lobster pot are owned by the cafe and emptied at their expense, i was informed by our council(weymouths council) that their policy for portland, unlike weymouth, is that they do not provide bins as they would have to be emptied, so they rely on folks taking their rubbish home clearly this does not work. where there are a few bins and i mean a few at chesil cove they are left overflowing all week and only emptied on a monday. as for recycling unlike denmark that machine sorts one collection per household per week and have 100% recycling our councils want us to do half the job for them, then we have 3 different collections, if you take the carbon foot print and cost into consideration, i bet their is little if any gain in cost, but as long as landfill tax is down it doesnt matter that it cost twice as much. portland rebel
  • Score: -1

9:15pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Westlain says...

Cllr Pearson and Cllr Mike Byatt are really concerned about this and want something done. There needs to be immediate action they say. Well, they are our councillors who presumably run our town and have the power to get things done. So, get on with it lads and stop publicly blaming the people you employ to do it. Where does the buck stop? Show a bit of leadership for once.
Cllr Pearson and Cllr Mike Byatt are really concerned about this and want something done. There needs to be immediate action they say. Well, they are our councillors who presumably run our town and have the power to get things done. So, get on with it lads and stop publicly blaming the people you employ to do it. Where does the buck stop? Show a bit of leadership for once. Westlain
  • Score: 6

9:20pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Shock-Horror says...

Lets get the bin men some help, the people claiming job seekers benefit or whatever its called nowadays, for 1/2 day per week give them a bag and some gloves and have them picking up litter.
That gives them 1/2 a day per week to goto signing on, 1/2 day per week to pick rubbish and 4 days per week to job hunt. - no bag full of rubbish - no money
Lets get the bin men some help, the people claiming job seekers benefit or whatever its called nowadays, for 1/2 day per week give them a bag and some gloves and have them picking up litter. That gives them 1/2 a day per week to goto signing on, 1/2 day per week to pick rubbish and 4 days per week to job hunt. - no bag full of rubbish - no money Shock-Horror
  • Score: 7

12:17pm Thu 7 Aug 14

zxy987 says...

It would help if recycling collected on time - this stretch of Dorchester Road forgotten last time and now already 3 days late this week. Getting any information from Dorset Waste Partnership is impossible ' I know nothing' seems to be the response and thats even if you get to speak to someone!!! Can I have a Council Tax rebate?
It would help if recycling collected on time - this stretch of Dorchester Road forgotten last time and now already 3 days late this week. Getting any information from Dorset Waste Partnership is impossible ' I know nothing' seems to be the response and thats even if you get to speak to someone!!! Can I have a Council Tax rebate? zxy987
  • Score: -3

12:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Carlton Road Resident says...

Just a thought that when I need to contact the council to ask them to clean the forgotten footpath near my property I ring the environment department. The customer services are great and very helpful, but that does change when you try to speak to a "manager" as there is only so much customer service can do, but usually the path gets cleared within a few days- although saying that it is at least 4 weeks since the last clean up and it resembles a bin attacked by seagulls at the moment, but this time the seagulls are not the culprits, its the humans who discard their beer cans, take-a-way cartons, clothes and all manner of things. On the other hand there are no bins anywhere near this footpath or to and from the railway station to throw the rubbish into.
Just a thought that when I need to contact the council to ask them to clean the forgotten footpath near my property I ring the environment department. The customer services are great and very helpful, but that does change when you try to speak to a "manager" as there is only so much customer service can do, but usually the path gets cleared within a few days- although saying that it is at least 4 weeks since the last clean up and it resembles a bin attacked by seagulls at the moment, but this time the seagulls are not the culprits, its the humans who discard their beer cans, take-a-way cartons, clothes and all manner of things. On the other hand there are no bins anywhere near this footpath or to and from the railway station to throw the rubbish into. Carlton Road Resident
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

davethefish says...

If you think it's bad now. just wait until October. When we go over to fortnightly collection. with only 2 bags allowed to be put out. All the bed sits Etc. will be just sticking them out, as they will have now where to store rubbish for 2 weeks. Loads of them do not use gull proof bags now. What chance on fortnightly!
If you think it's bad now. just wait until October. When we go over to fortnightly collection. with only 2 bags allowed to be put out. All the bed sits Etc. will be just sticking them out, as they will have now where to store rubbish for 2 weeks. Loads of them do not use gull proof bags now. What chance on fortnightly! davethefish
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

davethefish says...

I spoke to the council when the flyer telling me we are going to fortnightly collection in october arrived. I streesed the bed sits Etc. all round the park area. They already can't seem to get the idea of gull proof bags. so how will they be able to store 2 weeks worth! It will mean the street team will be called out every week to clean up any way. So even more cost to our already high tax rate!
I spoke to the council when the flyer telling me we are going to fortnightly collection in october arrived. I streesed the bed sits Etc. all round the park area. They already can't seem to get the idea of gull proof bags. so how will they be able to store 2 weeks worth! It will mean the street team will be called out every week to clean up any way. So even more cost to our already high tax rate! davethefish
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Thu 7 Aug 14

norosetintedglasses says...

Weymouth has been a tip for years. It is not just near the beach and harbour, it is the whole town. Where ever you go there is rubbish . Walk along the town end of Chickerell Road and see the rubbish dumped on the pavements from the houses and flats. Often there are mattresses and broken furniture dumped on the pavement because the people are to lazy to take it to the tip. When has anybody ever been fined for dropping litter, including cigarette butts, or throwing it out of the car window.
Maybe if there was a fine for feeding gulls it might alleviate the problem.
Weymouth has been a tip for years. It is not just near the beach and harbour, it is the whole town. Where ever you go there is rubbish . Walk along the town end of Chickerell Road and see the rubbish dumped on the pavements from the houses and flats. Often there are mattresses and broken furniture dumped on the pavement because the people are to lazy to take it to the tip. When has anybody ever been fined for dropping litter, including cigarette butts, or throwing it out of the car window. Maybe if there was a fine for feeding gulls it might alleviate the problem. norosetintedglasses
  • Score: 2

10:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

mrtumnus says...

You can find scenes like this in any big town/resort if you selectively chose the best/worst times to take photos (ie at the end of a busy hot summers day before the street cleaners move in.

Just as it is expensive for tax payers for councils to have masses of snow clearing vehicles for the occasional hard winter then it is probably just as problematic balancing staff levels over a summer season.
You can find scenes like this in any big town/resort if you selectively chose the best/worst times to take photos (ie at the end of a busy hot summers day before the street cleaners move in. Just as it is expensive for tax payers for councils to have masses of snow clearing vehicles for the occasional hard winter then it is probably just as problematic balancing staff levels over a summer season. mrtumnus
  • Score: 1

9:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

Carlton Road Resident says...

The comment left about large towns having the same problem is tru with regards to London which is a dirty place especially in the tourist areas, but I came from a very large Hampshire town, paid less than half of the council tax I now pay, but the streets and town centre were clean, all footpaths had a team of two looking after them on a weekly basis so there was no unsightly build up. Council took away rubbish every week and recycling every fortnight - all rubbish was in bins either black or green and each household had the choice of a large bin or the small bins that every house in Weymouth seems to be given (not talking about the tiny brown food recycling bins) It all comes down to planning and getting it right by the people who we pay to do this. Keep phoning the environmental dept at the council and ask to speak to the manager, I know you will feel as I have done - like slamming the phone down - but keep calm and state the problem it is the only way to get the area cleaned up.
The comment left about large towns having the same problem is tru with regards to London which is a dirty place especially in the tourist areas, but I came from a very large Hampshire town, paid less than half of the council tax I now pay, but the streets and town centre were clean, all footpaths had a team of two looking after them on a weekly basis so there was no unsightly build up. Council took away rubbish every week and recycling every fortnight - all rubbish was in bins either black or green and each household had the choice of a large bin or the small bins that every house in Weymouth seems to be given (not talking about the tiny brown food recycling bins) It all comes down to planning and getting it right by the people who we pay to do this. Keep phoning the environmental dept at the council and ask to speak to the manager, I know you will feel as I have done - like slamming the phone down - but keep calm and state the problem it is the only way to get the area cleaned up. Carlton Road Resident
  • Score: -1

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