Suffolk coastal's mucky roads

A SUFFOLK council which has the worst street cleaning record in the region has blamed farmland muck for its poor results.Suffolk Coastal District Council is joint bottom with South Cambridgeshire out of 48 councils in the eastern region according to a new survey.

A SUFFOLK council which has the worst street cleaning record in the region has blamed farmland muck for its poor results.

Suffolk Coastal District Council is joint bottom with South Cambridgeshire out of 48 councils in the eastern region according to a new survey.

GMB, Britain's general union, compiled the table based on information submitted by councils to the Audit Commission for the 12 months ending March 2007.

In Suffolk Coastal, 24 per cent of the streets were assessed as dirty. Elsewhere the figure was 19 pc in St Edmundsbury and Babergh, and 11.5pc in Mid Suffolk. Ipswich had the best result locally with 5pc, making it fifth cleanest in the region.

Suffolk Coastal said it was at a disadvantage because it was a rural county and Andrew Nunn, Suffolk Coastal's cabinet member for the green environment, said: “The district has a large number of rural roads which are more likely to be affected by mud, soil and leaves, particularly when there is a large volume of heavy farm traffic using the roads.”