Plea to help keep grot spot cleaner and tidier

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People are being asked to help keep a town track clean and tidy after it had become a hot spot for fly-tipping.

East Northamptonshire Council is asking for help after Denfield Track in Rushden returned to a litter strewn site, despite litter-picks previously being held in an effort to keep the area clean.

The track, between Denton Close and Albert Road, was recently named as a target for the waste enforcement, environmental protection and community safety officers from East Northamptonshire Council who are working with the police, youth service provider Service Six and the probation service to tackle grot spots which have suffered from environmental crime.

Cllr Glenn Harwood, lead member for the enviro-crime strategy, said: “We’ve had such a good start to the I Love East Northants – Improving Where You Live, Work and Play campaign with improvements made in Raunds, Tansor, at the Splash Pool and along the Greenway; so it’s a real shame that this one site has fallen foul of a few people who don’t seem to care about the environment and the appearance of our district.

“That’s why Denfield Track has become one of the campaign’s grot spots to be tackled.

“A lot of people use this route and we need all of them to get behind the campaign to make sure these areas stay tidy once we’ve cleaned them up.

“Nobody wants to live in a rubbish dump and with residents’ support we can keep our streets cleaner for longer.

“If you see anyone littering, dumping rubbish or not clearing up after their dog, you can report them online at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/envirocrime or by calling 01832 742026.

“We’d also love to hear from any local residents or community groups that are interested in taking an active role in cleaning up their area.

“This is a great way to make new friends who share a goal to clean up the local environment and means we can all contribute to long-term improvements in the area.”

Last year police officers joined forces with staff from the probation service, East Northamptonshire Council and pupils from Denfield Park Junior School to clean up the track following concern from residents about problems with litter, fly-tipping and graffiti.