Blyth community clean up event
Dated: 06 Nov 2009
TEN skips full of rubbish have been removed from the Hodgsons road estate in Blyth as part of a community clean-up operation this week.
Discarded items including white goods, old furniture and other items were cleared away by residents who were helped by officers from Estate Management, Repairs and Maintenance and Safer Neighbourhoods.
Officers from the Neighbourhood policing team supported the initiative by carrying out high visibility patrols in the area and by speaking to local residents about their concerns.
The initiative coincides with Not In My Neighbourhood Week, which highlights the work taking place in communities by police, local agencies and other partners.
Sergeant Garry Neill, Blyth Neighbourhood Team said: "The community clean up day made a big difference to the local area.
"Unsightly rubbish and graffiti often seems to encourage more people to dump items which makes an area look run down and uncared for very quickly. This joint initiative has really improved the area and made it a more attractive place for the local community to enjoy."
"We hope residents will help us to keep Blyth tidy and report any incidents of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour to us straight away."
Colin Blackett, Safer Neighbourhoods Manager for Homes for Northumberland said: "We all have a responsibility to look after the environment and this was a chance for all the residents of Hodgson's Road to take a real pride in their community by working with partner agencies.
"By coming together for the community clean up, we are not only helping to make sure that the local area gets cleared of litter but are also setting a great example of what a community can do when it works together."
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