Operation to tackle issue at business parks

A new initiative tasked with improving industrial estates is underway.

Operation Heat Shield aims to tackle anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, issues associated with empty units and helping with waste management.

It involves North Tyneside Council, Capita Symonds, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, and North Tyneside Business Forum.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Operation Heat Shield will benefit businesses sited on the industrial estates but will help to attract new companies to the areas, helping investment.”

As well as beginning to clean-up the areas with businesses, council officers and estate managers have started to advise companies on industrial estates of their responsibilities as tenants.

Station manager Graeme Hurst, of the fire service, said: “All of the partners involved will be increasing their visibility in the area in order to highlight any issues.

“All combustible items will be removed promptly and we will be working closely with the local business community to encourage business owners to dispose of their waste responsibly.”

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, of North Tyneside Area Command, said: “We work closely with our partners to prevent anti-social behaviour.

“These types of problems which include fly-tipping are real quality of life issues and quickly makes an area look rundown and uncared for.

“We are determined to tackle these problems which affect the local community and concern local people.

“This partnership operation will help to improve these areas for local businesses and residents alike.”

Peter Hedley, chair of the North Tyneside Business Forum, added: “This is a win-win situation.

“It can help businesses financially by reducing insurance costs – it is hoped companies will take on board the free advice, make suggested changes, which could in turn help when completing insurance renewal surveys.

“It also allows an improved corporate image as our customers and clients approach our premises. And being a good neighbour and employer, who operates responsibly, is always beneficial.”