November 3, 2010
Carnival clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea costs almost £5,000
The cost of removing litter strewn across pavements and streets
in Burnham-On-Sea after the town's annual carnival has been revealed
by the district council this week.
Scenes like these in Burnham High Street after last year's carnival
leave tax payers with a hefty £4,800 clean-up bill - and
cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council is urging spectators
to bear this in mind when they attend next Monday's spectacle.
District council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"As soon as the carnival finishes - and while everyone else
tucks themselves away in bed - the team from our Clean Surroundings
Department are just starting their shifts."
"Overnight, the town is cleared of chip cartons, drink cans
and cardboard boxes left behind by thousands of spectators lining
the streets and Burnham is restored to a pristine condition by
7am on the morning after the parade."
estimated cost for this is about £4,800 which covers staff
time, vehicles, bags and the cost of disposing of all those glasses,
cans and food wrappers."
"It usually takes about four hours to clean the two mile
route and a little longer if it is very windy as the rubbish blows
Claire added that Sedgemoor's CCTV section will also be working
closely with the police durng the carnival to ensure safety and
reduce crime and disorder issues.
"A dedicated police officer will sit in the control room
before and during the event. The CCTV control room acts like a
second control centre for the police and images are forwarded
to the police control room at Taunton. Our team also has an event
radio so it is aware of incidents that are ongoing and can talk
direct to the Police control centre."
She added that Sedgemoor District Council also applies to the
highways authority for traffic orders to temporarily close streets,
inspects mobile caterers, such as burger vans and coffee stalls,
and also arranges for installation of extra public toilets in
Our photos show, top, the litter-strewn pavements in Burnham
High Street immediately after the carnival and, above, after the
Burnham-On-Sea Carnival 2010