Initiative helps clear up rubbish

A WALLSEND community has been benefiting from an ongoing clean-up campaign.

North Tyneside Council’s ‘Operation Hotspot’ – part of the Big Spring Clean environmental campaign – has been in the Rosehill area tackling community issues.

The programme, due to end Thursday, has also involved Northumbria Police and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in tackling fly-tipping, litter, anti-social behaviour, and home fire safety.

The previous Operation Hotspot initiative was held in the Howdon Road area of North Shields and included litter picks from residents and pupils from Waterville Primary School.

And two council green wardens removed half a tonne of rubbish from the rear of Waterville Road, which included bottles, cans and other debris.

Police officers carried out high visibility patrols and there were 31 home fire safety checks by the fire service.

Wayne Young, area officer at the council, said: “Operation Hotspot is a big part of our Big Spring Clean campaign this year.

“The first initiative that we held earlier this month was really well received by residents.

“It had a big impact on the local community and showed what can be achieved when organisations and the public work together.”

The Big Spring Clean runs until Friday, May 25.

To register a clean-up event or to find out if one has been registered in your area, visit the Big Clean section of the council’s website at