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Council gets tough on the backyard rubbish

Graeme Beattie, senior environmental protection officer; Coun Ian Swithenbank, PCSO Rod Smith, Toni Carr from Northumberland fire safety academy, Dave Bamford and Bob Smith from highways and neighbourhood services at the council, and  county councillor Kath Nisbet.

Graeme Beattie, senior environmental protection officer; Coun Ian Swithenbank, PCSO Rod Smith, Toni Carr from Northumberland fire safety academy, Dave Bamford and Bob Smith from highways and neighbourhood services at the council, and county councillor Kath Nisbet.

A one day event to tackle backyard rubbish in an area of Blyth has been claimed a success.

The Cowpen Quay area received the attention of officers from Northumberland County Council’s highways and neighbourhood services, waste, public protection, parking services and enforcement team, officers from the police and representatives from Northumberland Fire and Rescue’s fire safety academy, who all worked to remove rubbish.

The clean-up followed the council saying it will be taking action against tenants and landlords who do not keep their areas tidy.

The area will now be monitored and any further accumulations will be served a 24-hour notice of removal, with failure to act leading to a fine.

Coun Kath Nisbet said: “Unfortunately a small number of people who live in the area don’t seem to care what sort of mess their yards get into.

“I hope this day has highlighted the role residents must play in order to keep the area where they live clean and tidy.”

Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris added: “Partnership operations like this really help the community and the feedback we get from local people is always positive.

“We will be working with the council and other partners again in the future and running further initiatives focusing on the problems that matter most to our communities.”

 

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