Council introduces new Environmental Action Team

A dedicated action team has been formed by Thanet District Council to concentrate on litter, cleanliness, waste and fly-tipping issues which affect the street scene in Cliftonville West.

After listening to the concerns of local resident’s group A Better Cliftonville (ABC) and working with them closely, the council has formed a new Environmental Action Team to proactively focus on areas identified as having the most problems with their appearance due to waste and cleanliness. The action team, which launched on Monday 4 September, will also concentrate on educating residents about how to be more responsible with their waste for the benefit of all those that live in the area.

This new approach will see a dedicated team of council workers from a range of departments assigned specifically to four identified areas of Cliftonville West.

This includes:

  • 2 x Street Scene Enforcement Officers (including dog fouling enforcement) 
  • 1 x Cleansing Supervisor
  • 1 x Civil Enforcement Officer
  • 1 x Selective Housing Licensing Officer
  • 1 x Open Spaces operative
  • 1 x Minor Works team member
  • 5 x Street cleaning operatives, both manual street sweepers and mechanical

Each of the four areas will be focussed on for a sustained period of time to prevent any build-up of long-standing issues. By working together in all areas of street scene and cleanliness at the same time, the team hope to make a more significant and visible impact than by working as individual departments.

Cllr Lin Fairbrass, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environmental Services, said: “A clean and welcoming environment is one of the council’s top priorities and we are always open to listen and respond to resident’s concerns with new initiatives to address the issues that matter most. 

“I’m sure this new action team will make a significant and visible impact to the street scene in Cliftonville, helping to provide much-needed reassurance to residents in the area that we are listening to their views and acting on them to find a solution.

“What’s also important about this initiative and why it is focussing on Cliftonville, is unfortunately the majority of issues associated with illegally dumped waste and litter come from within this residential footprint, so the team will also be educating residents on how to be more responsible with their waste.”

All members of the action team will be identifiable by their blue and silver high visibility tabards/vests. In the first instance, their work will focus on replacing broken or missing residential bin lids, enforcement of fly-tipping, nuisance parking, littering and dog fouling, as well as more thorough attention on street cleaning, include weeding and alleyway clearances. Extra weekly collections will also be introduced at problem roads where waste and litter has been identified as a constant issue due to the concentration of multiple occupation houses.

If the initiative proves to be successful, other action teams could also be formed to focus on areas of the district which might require similar concentrated street scene attention. This activity is in addition to other initiatives the council already undertake across the district, for example, monthly neighbourhood deep cleans. More information can be found here.

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