Areas to be added to litter scheme

Area officer within North Tyneside Council's environmental services team Wayne Young with Graeme Hurst, Station Manager for North Tyneside South Community Fire Station.
Area officer within North Tyneside Council's environmental services team Wayne Young with Graeme Hurst, Station Manager for North Tyneside South Community Fire Station.
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THREE new areas of the borough are being included in an environmental scheme targeting fly-tipping and littering.

Operation Hotspot was launched last month to remove potential fire hazards including tyres, trees and bags of rubbish.

The joint initiative between North Tyneside Council and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is being piloted in the west of the borough, with Wideopen, Lockey Park and Balliol Park the latest areas to be included.

Coun Pam McIntyre, cabinet member for engagement and the environment, said: “Operation Hotspot is off to a great start by removing materials that could prove to be potential fire hazards.

“North Tyneside Council aims to keep the borough clean, green and tidy, and this initiative is certainly supporting that by tackling the problem of fly-tipping and littering.”

The organisations set up a direct line between each other, ensuring the fire and rescue service can report areas with potentially dangerous litter that could be set alight, to the council’s environmental team.

It comes after the council became the region’s only authority to be awarded five stars for the cleanliness of the local environment at the national Clean Britain Awards earlier this year.