Date: 21/09/2011 Category: Community Safety
Fly-tipped waste, overgrown shrubs and unruly weeds were cleared away as part of a community engagement day last month.
Medway Councils’ Community Team coordinated the community engagement day after residents, local councillors and MP Rehman Chishti raised concerns about the condition of the alleys and high levels of graffiti.
More than three tons of green waste was removed from Maple Avenue and Hamilton Road, Gillingham.
Four tons of fly tipped waste, including, mattresses, a pool table, a wardrobe, a sofa, and building rubble was also removed.
Graffiti was removed by the council’s graffiti team from an access road at the rear of Granville Road, where a litter pick was also completed.
Local resident Adrianne Beadle of Hamilton Road said: “Our alleyways were in a terrible mess and we couldn’t rely on them as a form of escape, in case of a fire. We couldn’t even get our garden bins down them but now we can.
“I would like to thank and praise all the council workers and the neighbours for doing an excellent job and we all hope that the alleyways will stay that way in the future.”
Cllr Mike O'Brien, Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, said: "This is a great example of the council, our partners and the local community working together to improve the lives of everyone.
“The clean up day went incredibly well and a very large amount of fly tipped waste was removed and taken to one of our waste recycling centres here in Medway.
“We won't tolerate fly tipping and have made a big impact on the problem in Medway. Anyone who sees waste being dumped illegally should report it to the council straight away."
All the waste was taken to the Hoath Way recycling centre, Gillingham.
Medway Council has a free mobile phone application that allows people to report environmental issues affecting their neighbourhood at the touch of a button.
The Love Medway app lets people take and submit photographs of issues affecting their area from street litter, fly-tipping and graffiti to potholes and broken street lights. The picture goes direct to the council's Customer First department and on to the appropriate team for action
The pictures automatically appear on a dedicated website where residents can track how reported issues are dealt with.
An application, also known as an app, is a simple program designed for smart mobile phones, which is created to perform one specific function.