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Council lead three day multi-agency operation in Chatham

Date: 21/03/2011           Category: Community Safety Partnership

Medway Council held a three day operation last week focused on tackling environmental issues like graffiti and litter in the Ordnance Street area of Chatham.

The council’s environmental enforcement officers carried out patrols of the area to identify and to follow up neighbourhood concerns. Issues from the public ranged from broken salt bins and blocked drains to abuse of permit parking.

A surgery was held in Ordnance Street with the council joined by other agencies including Kent Police and social landlord mhs homes to answer questions and offer advice. Nineteen graffiti sites were cleaned up and 11 bags of litter cleared by the council's Community Team.

The event was also supported by environment charity Groundwork Kent and Medway with young people on work placement clearing up litter and helping to install and promote new smoking litter bins along Chatham High Street.

These bins were funded by the NHS Medway backed public health team supporting a continued council drive to reduce the amount of smoking litter dropped in town centres and other public areas. Forty smokers also signed up to Medway's Stop Smoking Service.

A number of businesses meanwhile were spot checked by the council’s licensing, environmental enforcement and trading standards teams with neighbourhood officers from Kent Police in Medway also stepping up patrols of the area. One untaxed vehicle was removed.

Cllr Mike O’Brien, the council’s portfolio holder for community safety and enforcement, said: “These operations are a great way of reaching out to the people we serve.

“Residents helped the team identift where we should be taking action. Those issues not dealt with during the course of the operation will now be investigated and acted upon whereever possible.

“We all want Medway to be an attractive and pleasant place to live and work. Operations like this show what the council working closely with other agencies are doing to achieve that.”

To report litter, flytipping and any other street issue call Medway Council on 01634 333333. For more information on quitting smoking call 0800 234 6805.