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Strood alley gate clean-up

Date: 25/03/2008           Category: Community Safety

Media invite: Saturday, 29 March, 10am – 2pm (photo opp at 10am). Smith Street, Strood. Please call Senior Safer Communities Officer Russel Songhurst on 07813 919934 to confirm exact location. People living in Strood will be rolling up their sleeves and removing rubbish from three alleys that have been blighted by fly-tippers. The clean-up will take place from 10am on Saturday, 29 March in Smith Street and Roach Street, and has been organised by Medway Safer Communities team; Strood South Community Group; mhs homes; the Youth Offending Team and the three ward councillors John Avey, Susan Haydock and Richard Andrews. The alleyways have become a dumping ground for bulky items like computers, fridges, mattresses and tyres, as well as drugs paraphernalia and refuse sacks. 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 five 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.” [ends]