Community grot spots cleaned up

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HOT spots for fly-tipping, litter and graffiti have been targeted in a campaign to tackle environmental crimes.

Waste enforcement, environmental protection and community safety officers from East Northamptonshire Council are working with the police, youth service provider Service Six and the probation service to tackle ‘grot spots’ which have suffered from enviromental crime.

Sites targeted by the scheme have included Skew Bridge, Rushden, where regular patrols and surveillance has led to fewer incidents of fly-tipping and nuisance vehicles.

Graffiti has been cleared from the Splash Pool in Rushden and staff from Service Six have urged young people hanging around near the building to join in some of their evening youth activities instead.

Regular patrols and litter picks have been carried out at Denfield Track, Rushden, and patrols of Tansor Wold lay-by have led to fewer fly-tipping incidents.

A community litter-pick of Greenway, Rushden, collected three tonnes of rubbish. Litter has been cleared from Ponds Close alleyway, Raunds, and regular patrols have been carried out at open spaces in Russell Way and Elm Walk, Higham Ferrers, to prevent littering.

Cllr Glenn Harwood said: “It’s great to see the improvements being made in these areas and that’s down to officers, partners and residents working together.

“Now that we’re seeing some progress in these areas, we’re looking at where else we can tackle enviro-crime and have identified Warmington services on the A605, joining up with the local school’s campaign Newton Road in Rushden, and Thorpe Waterville’s old cricket ground, as the next grot spots to be targeted. These areas suffer from litter, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour so need some time and attention from the team.”

Fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour, litter and dog fouling in Pemberton Street, Rushden, has also been targeted as part of the scheme and there has also been a clampdown on people attempting to put adverts on the Chowns Mill roundabout, Higham Ferrers.

To report a grot spot fill in an online form at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/envirocrime.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can report a grot spot by calling 01832 742026.