Councillors get their hands dirty to clean grubby Taunton town centre bridge

This is The West Country: Cllrs Jane Warmington and Catherine Herbert. Cllrs Jane Warmington and Catherine Herbert.

A COUPLE of councillors rolled up their sleeves to clean up The Bridge in Taunton - and save taxpayers' money.

Cllrs Catherine Herbert and Jane Warmington, of Taunton Deane Council, were spurred into action after a number of people commented on the landmark's shabby appearance.

Mrs Warmington, portfolio holder for community leadership, said: “Catherine (portfolio holder for sports, parks and leisure) thought it might be an idea to see just how grubby it is and how easy it might be to scrub it up.

“So the two of us had a go at cleaning a couple of panels on Friday morning.

“We've brightened them up on the inside using a dustpan and brush, a washing-up brush, warm water and Ecover, as it's near water.

“It took a bit longer than expected because it turned into a very useful surgery as lots of people stopped to talk to us and discovered we were councillors.”

The Bridge was last repainted in 2001 and last cleaned in 2008, the latter costing £3,000.

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12:52pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Love Your Job says...

Please tell me that they were doing this in their own time!
Please tell me that they were doing this in their own time! Love Your Job
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1:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

They only cleaned 2 panels! (typical work shy councillors)

"The Bridge was last repainted in 2001 and last cleaned in 2008, the latter costing £3,000. "

£3000 I'll do it for £1000, but being serious why don't they get people who are doing community service to do this sort of thing?
They only cleaned 2 panels! (typical work shy councillors) "The Bridge was last repainted in 2001 and last cleaned in 2008, the latter costing £3,000. " £3000 I'll do it for £1000, but being serious why don't they get people who are doing community service to do this sort of thing? Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 19

4:05pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gordonburnitt says...

Of course they were doing it in their own time - they are councillors so don't get a salary. All the work they do is in their own time.
Well done to both of them and shame on those who moan and do nothing to help.
Of course they were doing it in their own time - they are councillors so don't get a salary. All the work they do is in their own time. Well done to both of them and shame on those who moan and do nothing to help. gordonburnitt
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gordonburnitt says...

... and I guess that while the women scrubbed, all the male members of the council were in the nearby pub!
... and I guess that while the women scrubbed, all the male members of the council were in the nearby pub! gordonburnitt
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