Wyre Council

Cleansweep heading for Rossall ward

Published on Monday 16th May 2011

Rossall ward in Fleetwood is to benefit from a Cleansweep, an intensive clean-up that restores pride to the neighbourhood and gets communities working together.

Organised by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, the multi-agency operation will run from 23 to 27 May.

Community activities confirmed so far include litter picks and beach cleans, graffiti removal, dog fouling operations and a stepping-up of enforcement action.

A free bulky waste collection is also being offered to residents in the ward for items too large to be collected by bin crews. Details of how to arrange collection will be dropping through the letterboxes of eligible households shortly.

Two community reassurance sessions will take place at Chatsworth Avenue shops on Wednesday 25 May and Larkholme shops on Thursday 26 May for people to raise their concerns and learn how to make the community safer. Officers from various organisations, including the police, fire and Wyre Council, will be on hand between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Councillor Roger Berry, Chairman of the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, said: "Every time we hold a Cleansweep in Wyre we are encouraged by some very positive results and I'm sure the same will be true in Rossall.

"Despite the name, the operation goes far deeper than a spring clean of the streets; we also get to deal with the less obvious issues such as advising people about fire risks or addressing the fear of crime.

"Contrary to some people's perceptions, crime is going down. Concentrated initiatives like Cleansweeps give us an opportunity to get this message over to the public, to reassure them and to reiterate that organisations are working together to improve the neighbourhoods they live in."

Prior to the Cleansweep, volunteers will walk down every street in the designated area, making a note of everything that needs to be addressed, however small. The bulk of these will be tackled during the week itself, but anything that can't be resolved quickly will be added to an action plan for the appropriate agencies to deal with as soon as possible.

For further information or to become involved, visit the community safety pages online at www.wyrebc.gov.uk, email community@wyrebc.gov.uk or contact 01253 891000.

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