These were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea’s town centre as council staff began a huge carnival clean-up operation during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Sedgemoor District Council’s Clean Surroundings Team started work at 4.45am to ensure roads along the carnival route – the High Street, Victoria Street, Marine Drive and Love Lane – were clean in time for the start of the working day.
Spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The 12 dedicated staff started at 4.45am and finished just before 8am.”
“It’s not easy to tell how much rubbish was collected as we had many different vans and lorries going to and fro to different depots to unload – just to say it was a lot.”
The council also supported public safety as its Environmental Health staff completed food safety inspections at the mobile catering vans to ensure food was served in a safe, compliant environment.
Sedgemoor’s CCTV team also worked closely with the Police and other blue-light services to support and monitor any public safety and/or crime and disorder incidents.
She added: “The council also foregoes parking charges in Sedgemoor-managed car parks in Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea to allow the carnival committees and clubs to ask for voluntary donations in the late afternoon and evening.”
“As the car parks are always full on carnival day this allows the committees to collect much-needed funds.”
“Sedgemoor District Council also processes the various traffic orders to temporarily close the roads at the Burnham-On-Sea Carnival.”