Bideford Town Council has employed three maintenance workers to help keep the town tidy amid district and county cuts.

A new team of maintenance workers is cleaning up Bideford.

Bideford Town Council has hired three members of staff - Andy Curtis, Dave Warr and Ben Jack - to work on sprucing up the town.

From weed spraying to hedge cutting and grasscutting to unblocking streams and refurbishing public realm furniture, the trio is going to be kept busy.

Councillor Doug Bushby put the idea through to Town Councillors who voted in favour of taking on two Maintenance Operatives and purchasing a truck and trailer as well as a storage facility.

With his and the town clerk’s assistance a home was found at the Grow@Jigsaw site in Victoria Park where the team has welcomed the maintenance team.

Bideford mayor David Howell said the team, which had been running for a month, was already keeping busy.

He said: “They have tidied up Jubilee Square and some areas of East-the-Water.

“Now, rather than just sitting back and saying things can’t be done because of cuts, we’re being proactive.”

Councillor Tony Inch said already people had been phoning in to comment on the tidier appearance of the town.

He said: “I think they have made a big difference and people are noticing.”