Partial reprieve for Isle-based grime fighting team

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An under threat depot where are grime fighting team is based will close, but some staff will remain in the Isle.

North Lincolnshire Council had intended to close its street scene base in Ealand and relocate staff to Scunthorpe.

However, it has announced that it will relocate the Ealand site to Belton in a move which it claims will save taxpayers £24,000.

Some staff will be moved to Scunthorpe, but there will be no job losses, the council said.

Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “By relocating the depot to much better equipped premises and retaining part in the Isle, we are able to provide a more efficient and effective street scene and landscape service to those living in the Isle of Axholme.”

Angry workers had urged the council not to close their site following the council’s original announcement last month.

The staff, who are responsible for maintaining public spaces and tackling graffiti across the Isle of Axholme, feared they would not be able to provide the same level of service if they were moved to Scunthorpe.

The council said all staff affected had been consulted. Staff who live in the Isle will now be based at Belton’s household waste recycling centre.

Coun Sherwood added: “We are improving the service with quicker times responses and making better use of our resources by having a more joined-up approach.

“The money we will save will enable us to plough it back into the service.

“And by having a presence in Belton, we are able to ensure that we provide the best possible service, and increased street cleaning in Epworth and Crowle.

“We are committed to providing an excellent service, and it therefore makes good business sense to relocate.”

The council says the move will enable savings to be made on vehicle and equipment maintenance.