Clean up gang bring a sparkle to borough

Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Harrison with the Clean-Up teams at the launch last July.
Mayor Norma Redfearn and Coun John Harrison with the Clean-Up teams at the launch last July.

A clean-up team has had a successful launch after removing more than 100 tonnes of rubbish from the borough.

The Estate Clean-Up Service, introduced by North Tyneside Council last July, has visited 265 streets on housing and industrial estates in the area.

The initiative involves North Tyneside Council’s environmental and leisure service area and North Tyneside Homes.

And as well as the tonnes of rubbish being removed, wardens are also tackling and taking away fly-tipping, removing graffiti, installing ‘no dog fouling’ signs and issuing fixed penalty notices to those seen littering or failing to pick up after their dog.

Praising the scheme and its work, Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We launched this scheme after residents told me it is something which is important to them so I am thrilled it’s proving to be so successful.

“Our borough is a place where people are proud to live and I must thank the team and members of the public for their efforts and continued support in helping to maintain this.”

The rolling programme will continue this year, with another 150 streets to be visited over the coming weeks.

During the visits, council officers will be on hand to inform residents how to have an active involvement in improving their estate, including joining in with council-led litter picks as well as being invited to organise their own clean-up event.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “As well as this being a council effort, it is important to remember that this is our North Tyneside and residents play a significant role in helping us to maintain a tidy and safe borough – I would encourage those who can to lend a hand.

“I am pleased with how well the scheme is going. It really is a two-way service; it is a priority for the council to ensure we can have face-to-face conversations with members of the public and listen and respond to any issues they raise.”