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Joint partnership working to clean up Chatham

Date: 17/09/2008           Category: Community Safety

Sleeves were rolled up and skips of rubbish were filled during an extensive clean-up of Chatham last week. Mounds of rubbish, rubble and weeds were cleared from 40 roads and alleyways throughout Luton as part of a campaign involving Medway Council, Kent Police in Medway, the Driver and Licensing Agency (DVLA), Kent Probation Service and the United Kingdom Border Agency. 24 offenders under the supervision of Kent Probation's Community Payback Officers, cleared rubbish from roads, alleyways and green spaces. The DVLA and the Vehicle and Operator Services Authority (VOSA) also removed eight untaxed and un-roadworthy vehicles. Residents raised their concerns and identified the areas they wanted to be targeted during meetings with residents. Officers from Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team joined colleagues from the council’s neighbourhood cohesion team, waste services, Medway Trading Standards, mhs homes, Veolia Waste Services, the Department of Work and Pensions, Medway’s Safer Communities Officers and ward councillors. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “This clean-up is an example of the council listening to residents who asked the council and the ward councillors to make their community safer and brighter. “This extensive clean-up campaign will ensure the residents of Luton enjoy their surroundings.” Sgt Andre Smuts from Kent Police in Medway said “We are thrilled with the success of this initiative and at what has been achieved by everyone involved to make the neighbourhood a nicer place to live. We hope that events similar to this can be arranged for the future so that other areas can also reap the benefits of successful multi agency working'. Kent Probation Service Area Manager Sarah Adelsberg added that in any given week her staff supervise around 1,000 offenders performing unpaid work as part of their community sentence. She said: “This is a wonderful example of collaborative partnership working which will hopefully lead to future project developments where Medway Council, Kent Police and the DVLA will work together to make a positive contribution to local Medway communities." The Environmental Enforcement Team served 24 notices to shop owners who did not have the correct trade waste licence; one Fixed Penalty Notice to a motorist who failed to produce a waste carrier’s licence; one producer issued to a motorist to provide documents for authority to transport waste. Kent Police in Medway issued court summons to two motorists whose vehicles had no insurance and issued eight producers asking motorists to produce their vehicle documents.