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New team set up to tackle riverbank clearance

Published on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021

New team set up to tackle riverbank clearance

Following incidents of illegal waterway waste dumping, a team have been trained so cases can be dealt with more rapidly.

Selected staff from the Waste Management Team at the Borough Council have undergone training in the skills and techniques used to undertake riverbank recovery and clearance works, including vegetation growth removal. This follows several incidents in the Borough where waste items have been discarded into the River Anker and removal has been at great cost to the authority.

The selected team have been given full training which included on-site familiarisation work, essential health and safety and equipment use. In addition, extensive theory work was provided in key risk analysis and response skills to ensure works can be carried out efficiently and safely.

It is hoped residents will see the assembled team start to undertake works in and around the Borough in the coming months.

Glen McGrandle, Head of Waste and Transport for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“The newly set up clearance team will enable us to respond to these incidents far quicker so we can limit any environmental risks or distress caused to local residents.

“Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council fully appreciates that the River Anker, with its natural beauty, is considered a valuable asset by both residents and visitors alike. The clearance team therefore will be utilised to respond to overgrowth and obstruction issues that could limit access and detract from the scenic views.”