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
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
“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
• 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.
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