You may have noticed occasionally some blue waste bags by the side of the road, or, like here by the bus shelters in our district.
They are most likely to be bags of roadside rubbish collected by the parish litter-picker, Mr Price, who is employed by the Parish Council for about ten hours a month to ensure the area’s verges and public spaces look tidy.
He keeps a special eye on the planters as well, though the flowers in most of these are tended by local volunteers.
The litter-picker’s work is quite separate to that of the lengthsman – an ancient term for a person who would maintain and care for a ‘length’ of highway.
Nowadays, they are still employed by local authorities – Draycott Parish Council employs one.
Present-day lengthsmen can be asked to do anything from varnishing council-owned public benches and painting signs to cutting grass.
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