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Monday 28 November 2022

City Council’s Streetscene and Parks Team to be fully in house from 1st December

The City Council is delighted to announce that from Thursday 1 Dec 2022 all street cleaning and maintenance of the city’s parks and open spaces will be undertaken by a team of wholly Salisbury City Council employees. Previously, parts of these services had been delivered by Idverde, but in Oct 2020 the City Council agreed that these services should be brought in house. By bringing these services in house it is hoped to provide more efficient and locally controlled services. An unavoidable consequence of the period of transition will be a temporary reduction of staffing levels until the recruitment process restores staffing to greater capacity. Obviously, this will in turn, temporarily result in a slightly reduced level of service. Some workers who previously worked for Idverde will transfer across to Salisbury City Council and will bring their experience of working in the city with them which will really benefit the team.

Cllr Annie Riddle, one of the Leaders of the Council said “I am pleased that after much planning and preparation the change to a fully in house Streetscene and Parks Team takes place this week. The Council are determined, once the teething period is over, to deliver a local, focussed and effective high standard of cleanliness and good upkeep of the city for those who live in, work in or visit the city.

Last week the Council said that some litter bins from the city streets are being temporarily removed. This is because we don’t have the manpower to empty all the bins and we do not wish to see them overflowing onto the streets. The bins that are most commonly used will remain in place, along with our new recycling bins in the city centre. People are urged to dispose of their rubbish considerately.