Action call for town clear-up

Thorne mayor Richard Walker and town council leader CLlr Martin Williams are fed up with the state of their town and how little Doncaster Council do to keep it in a tidy state. Richard on Finkle Street surrounded by cigarette ends
Thorne mayor Richard Walker and town council leader CLlr Martin Williams are fed up with the state of their town and how little Doncaster Council do to keep it in a tidy state. Richard on Finkle Street surrounded by cigarette ends

The mayor of a market town is demanding action from Doncaster Council over the litter-strewn state of the streets.

Richard Walker, the mayor of Thorne, claims the streets of his town are being neglected and says he never sees council workers clearing up.

But Doncaster Council denies the suggestion that not enough is done for Thorne, which is on the outskirts of Doncaster, and says its staff clear up there every day.

Mr Walker said that the gulleys in the roads are often blocked; there is litter on the streets; and vegetation is growing out of the pavements and walls of some of the buildings.

He took up office last month and feels that Thorne and other more remote areas of the Doncaster borough should get more support from the local authority.

He said: “I just feel as though Doncaster Council is not interested in us or some of the other parts of Doncaster which are further out from the centre.

“It feels like we are too remote and they are not bothered about coming out here.

“Thorne Moorends Town Council bought its own mechanical roadsweeper for £14,000 some years ago, but it was handed over to Doncaster because it had people who could operate it.

“I don’t think we see it here enough.

“The gulleys need sweeping and every time it rains they seem to be overflowing.

“There seem to be takeaway cartons, bottles and cans on the streets.

“On Finkle Street, we have some nice seating, but there is too much rubbish underneath. It looks unkempt.”

He said the town council did not have the resources to deal with the issue. But its staff had been tasked with a clean-up of the market area three weeks ago, which he thought made a difference.

He said he thought there were also similar issues in Bentley, where he runs a business.

He is also concerned about the appearance of the market place area, which has been a target for action for some time.

Some of the shops in that part of town have been described as falling into disrepair, including the former Hursts ironmongers and the market chip shop.

Gill Gillies, assistant director of environment, said: “We empty the bins, litter pick and clean up the town centre on a daily basis.

“We encourage everyone in the area to use the litter bins provided to keep the place tidy and we have officers regularly carrying out littering and dog fouling patrols to keep the area clean.”