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Ineffective street and gutter cleaning

Reported in the Street cleaning category by Louise de Kock at 15:32, Wednesday 10 April 2019

Sent to Kingston upon Thames Borough Council 3 minutes later

On 10 April I watched a street sweeper vehicle (the kind with rotating brushes on the side for cleaning the road where it meets the pavement) attempt to clean my road (Worthington Rd, KT6 7RU). There were so many parked cars in the way that the vehicle was unable to do its job effectively. The driver did the best they could as you can see by the trail left behind in the photo. In the past Kingston Council put letters through doors asking for parked cars to be moved on cleaning day. This was not done on this occasion. I spoke to neighbours in surrounding roads who said they had not received notices either. They have also seen the cleaning vehicle on various occasions carefully weaving in and out of parked cars unable to reach most of the road edges. I contacted Kingston council via twitter yesterday and was told that they could not notify residents in advance because cleaning was done on an as-needed basis and they were trying to reduce their use of paper. I understand that the council is trying to save money by simplifying and reducing cleaning tasks and I support this in principal. However, the way I saw this cleaning being done was futile because so little of the street edge actually got cleaned and that is very wasteful. I think it would be better use of resources if the job were done less often and more thoroughly. It is essential that parked cars are moved out of the way in order to clean the road edges. How about putting notices on lampposts and doing one side each day? Notify residents on your Facebook page? Many communities have Facebook pages where this info could be passed on. Email us? Schedule some cleaning in advance and give us the dates with our council tax letters? I trust someone will look into this with a view to making the cleaning service more effective.

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