Trade Waste Action Plan marks its first success

Winchester City Council’s ongoing plan to tackle unsightly trade waste bins in the city centre has seen some positive early results, with Hammond's Passage, a problem area in terms of this issue, being cleared and deep cleaned.

 

Following growing concern from residents, visitors and the business community that trade waste was spoiling the presentation of the historic city centre the City Council has been working closely with Winchester BID, Hampshire County Council, businesses and waste collection companies to find more acceptable storage arrangements for their waste.

 

To assist the situation, the City Council has made previously unused space in Middle Brook Street car park available, for business to store their bins.

 

Cllr Jan Warwick, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“We are really pleased that the first results of our trade waste initiative have been so positive.  The city centre businesses have really engaged with us over this issue and all of them have been open to finding alternative accommodation for their bins.  As the weeks pass, visitors to the city centre will see a vast improvement to the environment and street scene.  This project is ongoing and our officers are monitoring the situation.”

 

Councillor Ian Tait, a long-term campaigner for the removal of bins from Hammonds Passage added

“We are so lucky to be living in such a wonderful and historic City and ensuring that we have a close eye on detail is really important. I want to congratulate officers for all their hard work in clearing Hammonds Passage of a large collection of unsightly refuse bins and am looking forward to seeing further improvements across the City Centre.”