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I’ve emptied another pavement

Glory be, it’s another empty pavement victory:

This one was the site of a large pile of abandoned road works barriers and signs, left unused for several months. On the boundary between two local councils, and with the name of a firm on them that has since sold its roadworks business to another firm, it took a fair bit of chasing since before Christmas. But now… all gone, all tidy.

(And another reminder of how one of the main causes of dumped items on our streets are contractors working on behalf of the government in one form or another. It’s pretty common for utilities work, road repairs and the like all to leave behind barriers, signs and other material which, if dropped by a teenager, would have excitable MPs demanding a crack down on yobbish behaviour.)

This empty pavement is next to the site of the left-over recycling sign that remained in place long after the recycling bins were removed. I got that sign removed nearly a decade ago now, but looking again I see that the pole from the sign is still there. Back to work…

2 responses to “I’ve emptied another pavement”

  1. all a side effect of the privatising of utilities, and the councils noy having in-house works teams. They use a contractor and the barriers and signs belong to a sub-contractor, and it is cheaper to leave them than pay to send someone to collect them. Estate agents signs are the same issue, cheaper to treat them as disposable..

  2. I’ve had to chase Hampshire County Council to remove items left behind after road maintenance, sometimes more than once for the same items. If works are to be subcontracted then strong contract management is necessary. Sadly very lacking or non-existent.

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