New clean-up scheme starts

A community clean-up is under way in an area of North Shields as part of council initiative.

The four-day initiative in the Moor Park area began on Tuesday as part of North Tyneside Council’s sixth Big Spring Clean campaign.

Operation Hotspot will see the council’s community wardens joined by Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to reduce litter, fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and prevent fires.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “This initiative is all about individuals and organisations coming together to improve our communities.

“I am delighted we are working closely with Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to enhance the Moor Park area.

“I would also like to encourage the local community to come along and show their support to the campaign.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross said: “This is an excellent example of how working together with our partners we are able to tackle issues concerning the community in North Shields.

“Our team works together to help keep the area a safe and pleasant place to live, work and visit.

“By getting out into the community we are able to establish what issues are concerning the community and what we can do with our partners to tackle these matters.”

District manager Dave Escott, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, added: “We will be talking to residents, offering free fire safety advice, carrying out home safety checks and fitting smoke alarms to ensure residents stay safe from fire in their own homes.”