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Wiltshire Council and Chippenham Town Council work together to resolve bin problems in the town

Wiltshire Council and Chippenham Town Council have worked in partnership to resolve issues with unsightly bins and rubbish bags in the town's Heritage Quarter.

Published 22 February 2024

One of the areas that was flagged by the town council was Lord's Lane, where commercial waste was being deposited incorrectly and local residents were also not using their bins properly, causing rubbish and bin bags to be strewn over the road.

To help combat this and prevent the bags of commercial waste, Wiltshire Council issued a warning letter to the landowners, giving them two weeks to clear the waste and take preventative measures to avoid any reoccurrence. The council also gave residents a new set of bins, while also educating them about where to put their bins to help keep the area clean.

To resolve similar issues at The Shambles, Wiltshire Council is working with residents and its waste contractors to trial communal bins.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport and Street Scene, said: This is great example of Wiltshire Council and Chippenham Town Council working in partnership to resolve waste issues in the town.

Fly-tipping, overflowing bins and loose bin bags are not only an eyesore, but they are also a potential health hazard and can attract other issues such as graffiti and vandalism.

In this case we have worked with both businesses and residents to provide both solutions to help them solve the issues, while also educating them to ensure that the issue doesn't come back. We'll continue to monitor these and other sites in the town, and we are currently looking at options for storing bins on Chapel Lane. We'll continue to work with Chippenham Town Council to resolve any issues as they arise.

Councillor Pete Cousins, Leader of Chippenham Town Council, said: I am pleased to see the appropriate officers from Wiltshire Council and the town council working in partnership to resolve these long-standing issues to improve the town.

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