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Nearly six tonnes of rubbish and more than 460 cases of graffiti were cleared from streets in the Central, New England and Millfield areas of Peterborough during an intensive week of action led by Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Constabulary last week.

 


The massive clean-up was the fifth in an on-going series of Making A Difference campaigns designed to instil community pride while tackling anti-social behaviour in targeted areas of the city.

A wide range of city council departments, neighbourhood policing teams, health, voluntary and community groups and local residents were all busy tackling issues identified by householders. Officers made personal visits to the homes of over 600 residents.

Environmental health officers visited a total of 41 properties where there was a substantial accumulation of waste and either made arrangements to have the rubbish removed or began investigations to take further action. Five further properties were cleared of rubbish and 76 letters were issued to households where recycling wheelie bins were contaminated with non-recyclable rubbish.

Food health officers inspected five businesses and dog and pest control officers were also busy, capturing one stray dog, erecting 18 dog fouling signs and completing four rat infestation treatments.

Community engagement officers from the city council visited local schools with a ‘Fly-tipping Fred’ costumed character to explain how discarded rubbish damages the local environment and wildlife charity The Froglife Trust led a clean-up in the Gladstone Community Centre grounds and playing fields.

Faith and community groups hosted events where local public and voluntary sector organisations provided guidance and advice on a range of health, housing and other issues.

“Once again the Making A Difference week was a huge success,” said Rob Smith, neighbourhood investment area leader for the city council. “We are continuing to pursue a number of issues that have been identified during the week.

“However, the week’s activities made a substantial contribution in helping local residents renew their commitment to preserving pride in their neighbourhood.”

The city council teams removed a total of 5,970 kilograms of rubbish, including 103 bags and 14 instances of fly-tipping. They eradicated 463 cases of graffiti and removed five untaxed vehicles.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary signed up 100 residents to its e-mail e-cops service and issued 80 drivers with fixed penalty notices. Six people were arrested on suspected immigration offences.

• The first Making A Difference week was held in Orton Malborne in June. Subsequent campaigns targeted Paston in July, Westwood and Ravensthorpe in August, and Orton Goldhay in October.

February 2008 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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