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April 1966

Market day rubbish concern
   Rubbish left by traders after the weekly Ashton Market is causing concern among members of Ashton Council's Health Committee.
   Councillor R. H. Jones raised the point at Tuesday's meeting, when he said: "If my information is correct, nobody seems to know which department is responsible for clearing away the debris after market day. On three weekends out of the last five, an accumulation of rubbish has been left over the week-end. It is high time we formed a policy on this."
   Councillor Jones said he had been told that some of the men were on strike. He thought some immediate action should be taken to deal with the situation. What was going on was disgraceful.
   The Chairman, Councillor G. Lockett, said that if the Market was not cleaned properly, it could turn into a hazard to public health.
   "As far as I'm concerned," he said, "the Markets Committee is partly responsible for this."
   The Public Health Inspector, Mr. F. Burrows, said that until a couple of years ago, the workmen of the Highways department picked up the rubbish after Market Day.
   "But the employees decided they didn't want to carry on the work. I approached the Cleansing Department, and the Superintendent said his workmen did not want to deal with the rubbish," said Mr. Burrows.
   After Councillor Jones had siad one or other department should be made responsible for clearing the market, it was decided that the matter be thrashed out at the next Markets Committee meeting.

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