A familiar sight on the highways and byways of Bradley Stoke will be seen for the last time today when Dave Dace, the Town Council’s first-ever litter picker, works his final day in the job.
The position of Mobile Cleansing Operative (MCO), to give the job its official title, was launched with great fanfare in April 2009 after the Town Council agreed to fund the part-time role and the lease of a white Vauxhall van for the Operative to use on his daily rounds of the Town’s litter hot-spots.
Back then, Mr Dace was welcomed into his job by a group of six Councillors and officers at a photo call staged at the Brook Way Activity Centre – which The Journal duly recorded for posterity.
After his first week in the job, Mr Dace reported that most of the litter he had collected had been food wrappers and drinks cans/cartons, much of which appeared to have been thrown from cars.
There was talk of the Council seeking a contribution towards litter-picking costs from local takeaway outlets but this appears not to have been pursued in the intervening years.
In addition to his regular duties, Mr Dace was also instrumental in organising a number of community action days, including the Big Tidy Up in October 2009 and the Big Spring Clean in 2010.
A unanimous vote of thanks for Mr Dace’s hard work over the last three years was recorded at February’s meeting of the Town Council.
The Council is currently advertising to find a replacement for Mr Dace. Further details can be found on our Bradley Stoke Jobs page. Applications must be made by next Wednesday (28th March).
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