Campaign proves to be a sweeping success

Lysa Dobson, head of animal health and welfare at Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter; council's environment mascot, 'Waldo the Wonderdog'; and Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment.
Lysa Dobson, head of animal health and welfare at Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter; council's environment mascot, 'Waldo the Wonderdog'; and Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment.

A campaign to keep the streets clear of leaves and litter has been hailed a sweeping success.

North Tyneside Council’s annual autumn environment campaign aimed to make the borough a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit.

It included the introduction of two extra cleaning vehicles to help to reduce the amount of litter and fallen leaves on the streets as well as a crackdown on dog fouling and anti-social behaviour.

And as a result 65 tonnes of leaves, litter and bonfire material have been removed since the beginning of October.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “North Tyneside is a great place to live, work and visit and campaigns like this one help to keep it that way.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who lent a hand, helping to make it another very successful year.”

Two events were also held by the council, Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter and the Dogs Trust to provide free micro-chipping and basic health checks for dogs.