The cost of keeping city streets tidy
With so many people working to keep Bath tidy, who does what and how much is it costing the city?
Bath and North East Somerset Council spends £3 million a year on street cleaning and litter collection across the entire district.
The council's workers sweep streets, wash pavements, empty litter bins, remove graffiti and pick up litter.
B&NES has more than 40 machines and vehicles at its disposal, including 15 vans, 11 mechanical sweepers – some of which are able to sweep snow and spread grit in the winter – four pedestrian vacuum machines, three electric caged trolleys, a truck which waters hanging baskets in the summer and collects litter in the winter, and a graffiti removal van, which can also blast away chewing gum, bird droppings and wash litter bins and seats.
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On top of the council's efforts, the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) – an initiative to transform the city centre – spends a further £148,000 a year on its team of five rangers, its rapid response scheme and programme of deep cleans.
The money comes from businesses in Bath which have signed up to the organisation and pay a levy.
In the past year BID has been responsible for a clean-up of Upper Borough Walls and Kingsmead Square.