Once again, the streets of Tavistock were scrubbed clean after the annual Goose Fair which attracts thousands of extra visitors to the town.

Goose Fair Clean Up 2019

A huge clear up was carried out by West Devon Borough Council's contractor, FCC Environment, overnight on Thursday assisted by council staff despite the weather.

As thousands of fair goers left the town and stall-holders packed up, the Borough Council contract workers moved in for a big clean-up operation at 1 a.m. on Thursday. More than seven tonnes of rubbish was cleared within an incredibly short space of time.

The clean-up team worked against the clock to make sure that the streets were spotless for residents and businesses starting their day after the town's busiest day of the year.

In a record four hours, all the streets, residential gardens, and parks around the centre of town had been cleared of waste. Around 1.5 tonnes of this has been recycled.

Cllr Caroline Mott, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Environment, said: "The FCC team do such an important job of the overnight clear up without much recognition. It's not much fun to come out in the early hours of the morning to be faced with such a huge clear up.  However they recognise what an incredibly important job it is.

"Thank you to the fair goers and stall-holders who played a part by disposing their waste in designated areas and using the reverse vending machine to recycle their plastic drinking bottles, while raising money for the West Devon and Tavistock Mayors' charities."

FCC Environment Regional Director, Steve Longdon said: "Residents of West Devon have come to expect high standards when it comes to the cleanliness of their streets and rightly so. But large scale public events are always a challenge and I am proud to say that our team, working alongside council staff, did a fantastic job long into the night to ensure it was business as usual the next day after another successful Tavistock Goose Fair."


Issued: 11 October 2019