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Strood - sparkly and clean

Date: 04/09/2008           Category: Community Safety

Work is continuing to clean-up a residential area of Strood. Medway Council’s Safer Communities Team has been working with ward councillors, Strood South Community Group, mhs homes, the Youth Offending Team and Kent Probation Services to remove rubbish from three alleyways that have been blighted by fly-tippers. The massive clean-up campaign has focused on alleyways in Smith Street, Roach Street, Charles Street and Priory Road, which have become a dumping ground for bulky items like computers, fridges, mattresses and tyres, as well as drugs paraphernalia and refuse sacks. Work has now been completed in the alleyway connecting Priory Road and Smith Street and Smith Street and Roach Street. The final alleyway that connects Priory Road and Charles Street is expected to be cleared by the end of September. Once cleared, the alleyways will be gated and locked, with residents being responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the alleys. The alley gates have been paid for from Community Safety Partnership. Senior Safer Communities Officer Russel Songhurst, who patrols the area, said the clean-up is the result of six months of organisation and team effort. He said: “The area has become blighted by fly-tippers who have thoughtlessly dumped their old junk near residents’ back gardens. It’s not only a fire hazard, but also attracts rats and undesirable characters who use these areas to take drugs and drink alcohol. The alleys have also been used to gain unlawful access to properties. By cleaning up these areas, we are helping to make this part of Strood safer and better for everyone.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti added: “This clean-up is a great example of community partnership working. We want residents to feel safe in their homes and the new alley gates will ensure that only they have access to the rear of their property.” Attached pictures illustrate the work that has been achieved by the team.