Day of Action success
Weight equivalent of 'double decker bus' in waste collected as Day of Action hailed a success.
A DAY of Action to help make two areas of Newark Cleaner, Safer & Greener has been hailed a great success with waste collected the weight equivalent of a double decker bus.
A team of community volunteers, staff from the district council and partner organisations spent a day in Yorke Drive and Winthorpe Road as part of the clear up, which yielded 13.5 tonnes of rubbish.
They were involved in an extensive programme of works on Thursday, August 30, which also extended to the Winthorpe Road area, including a community litter pick and street deep cleanse. Overgrown hedges were pruned, grassed areas cut and fences repaired by Newark and Sherwood District Council grounds maintenance team.
Regrettably, just hours later some streets were spoiled by litter bugs and fly-tipped waste, but the district council, which organised the Day of Action, has today warned that there will be a stronger focus on enforcement and will seek the maximum possible penalties for those involved in environmental crimes.
A report will soon be considered by councillors regarding the proposed recruitment of four new enforcement officers tasked to clampdown on the scourge of litter, fly-tipping and dog-fouling.
The Day of Action initiative, the first of three across the district, was organised as part of the district council’s campaign, Making Newark and Sherwood Cleaner, Safer & Greener, a place we are all proud of.
Council leader Councillor David Lloyd said: “This was an excellent effort from volunteers, staff and partners and I would say thank-you to everyone who took part. The challenge is, however, to keep the streets maintained as such – and we all have a responsibility to do that.
“To some extent it shows that, as a council, we can invest time and resources and people in the community can give up their time and devote their energies but the Cleaner, Safer & Greener message isn’t getting through to some people so will look to take action against those who continue to flout the law.
“This campaign is also about education as much as it is about action and we can all do more to look after the places where we live to ensure that it stays Cleaner, Safer & Greener.”
Volunteers , district council staff and members joined in the community effort, which also included participation from Nottinghamshire County Council, Newark and Sherwood Homes, Nottinghamshire Police , Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue service , Via East Midlands, Veolia, the Fernwood Foxes Football Club, McDonald’s and KFC.
During the clear-up operation, the district council collected:
• 13.5 tonnes litter/road sweeping, including 3.5 tonnes bulky waste
• 14 fridges
• 8 microwaves
• 10 TVs
• 3 electric fires
• 28 tyres
• 30 litres engine oil
• An 8ins kitchen knife
• Two trailer loads of green waste
The Via East Midlands team cleared out drains and gullies, repaired and cleaned street lights and repaired potholes.
The district council’s environmental health team served five Community Protection Notices on residents on environmental grounds, visited homes to give out environmental health advice, removed three highly explosive gas cylinders, gave out animal welfare advice and posted warnings regarding dog fouling. In a joint exercise with the fire service, visits were made to properties at risk of fire.
Council environmental health assistant business manager Sheridan Stock: “If there had been a house fire, the industrial sized cylinder would have become so hot that the vapours left inside would have exploded, causing a fire ball and shooting the cylinder into the air like a rocket.”
The district council’s community safety team joined police on patrols of the two neighbourhoods and ran additional tests with the CCTV control room to check that the security camera equipment is fully operational. Residents were also offered fire safety advice and free smoke alarms by the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.