Initiative helping clean up borough

Area officer Wayne Young with Howdon resident Maud Dawson.

Area officer Wayne Young with Howdon resident Maud Dawson.

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Thirty-nine tonnes of rubbish has been removed from housing estates in the last month.

It follows the introduction of North Tyneside Council’s estate clean-up teams.

The joint service, involving the council’s environmental services and North Tyneside Homes is aimimg to ensure estates are clean, safe and well-maintained.

Areas in Howdon, Shiremoor, Dudley, North Shields and Wallsend have already been visited.

Howdon resident Maud Dawson said: “The new service is first class and has made a difference to me and to the area – Howdon looks much better. It was good to see everyone working together to tidy our area.”

The teams are involved in street cleansing, tackling and taking away fly-tipping, the removal of graffiti, as well as installing ‘no dog fouling’ signs and issuing fixed penalty notices to those seen littering or people failing to pick up after their dog.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “We have combined the expertise from both services and as the results show it’s proving very successful.

“It is a priority of North Tyneside Council to make sure the borough is clean and tidy and a place where people are proud to live.

“I am delighted we are already making a massive difference to the estates and helping residents in a way which they told us is important to them.”