John Twigg and Corey Sanders, from Twiggs Grounds Maintenance were welcomed to the meeting.
Members noted that the service now rotated, targeting Bolton on Dearne, Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe areas in rotation. In each area social action would be encouraged, working with groups, businesses and schools. Each month, a plan for the month ahead would be developed, but it was noted that this was flexible and could change. Where possible the team would work with volunteers and groups in order to build community responsibility and resilience, however occasionally the team would work alone where persistent issues needed addressing.
Members discussed the complaints received regarding the high volume of litter and weeds, especially on main routes, and it was noted that hotspots in each area were targeted, with a view that, in time, the community would take more responsibility and Twiggs could reduce their support.
Discussion centred around the visibility of the service in order to recruit further volunteers, with suggestions of hi-visibility jackets and A-boards to show that anyone could join in.
Those present discussed how to change the mind-set of residents, and although the volume of litter picked had reduced in recent years, this remained a problem.
Members highlighted a number of issues of overflowing litter bins near businesses, and it was suggested that businesses could be encouraged to have their own bins for the waste they helped to creat.
It was noted that Neighbourhood Services communicated with the service to avoid duplication and work complementarily. Members heard of the bin and grass cutting trackers recently introduced by Neighbourhood Services, which seemed to be working positively.
(i) That thanks be given to Twiggs Grounds Maintenance Officers for their attendance;
(ii) That monthly and weekly schedules of work planned by Twiggs are circulated to Members.