Litter bagged with clean-up

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AN ENVIRONMENTAL initiative aimed at making the borough’s streets clean is heading to a final swan song.

Residents in the New York area of North Shields were given a chance to take part in North Tyneside Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign on Wednesday.

Council officials provided a number of bin bags for the clean-up in Guisborough Drive and Brookland Terrace.

Since the campaign started, there has been 15 community events involving schools, businesses and residents, which has led to around 220 bags of rubbish collected and taken away.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We would like to thank the many people who have given up their time to support the campaign.

“Working together through initiatives like this really makes a difference to the appearance of our communities.”

The council has also been working alongside Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service on Operation Hotspot, which takes place in the New York area until Friday.

Council wardens perform high-visibility patrols with police, issuing £50 fixed penalties notices to anyone littering or allowing their dogs to foul.

The local authority’s fly-tipping enforcement team prosecute offenders as well as remove materials that are potential fire hazards.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service give free home safety checks, which includes offering fire safety advice and fitting smoke alarms where appropriate.