Wyre Council

Cleansweep of Fleetwood comes to an end

Published on Monday 7th February 2011

One of Wyre's busiest ever Cleansweeps has made a real difference to a corner of Fleetwood.

A week-long blitz on crime and grime has been successfully carried out in Pharos ward by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership. Officers from various agencies worked with community volunteers to tackle all kinds of neighbourhood issues from waste, dog fouling and graffiti to anti-social behaviour and car crime.

High profile events such as a bulky waste amnesty and a police vehicle check point which caught out 43 offenders, have been well documented, but there was also plenty of good work going on quietly behind the scenes.

For example:

- Police seized suspected amphetamine paste worth £3,000, cash and drug related paraphernalia from a property in Lord Street. A 42-year-old man from Thornton Cleveleys was arrested on suspicion of possessing amphetamine with intent to supply. He has been released on police bail pending further inquiries

- Around half a dozen outstanding warrants were dealt with successfully following close partnership working between court warrant officers and the police.

- Council dog wardens working with the police progressed an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement with one family following dog related offences.

- More than 100 pieces of dog fouling were removed from the beach as members of the council's Waterfront team spend two hours on the sands.

- An operation by the DVLA resulted in four people being fined and one vehicle clamped for non-payment of road tax.

- 19 referrals for a free home fire safety check were secured and passed on to Lancashire Fire and Rescue for actioning.

- 79 food establishments were visited by council officers who were checking for food safety issues and gauging whether a documented safety system was in place. A number were found lacking, but officers used it as an awareness raising exercise to explain how it would affect their food hygiene rating under a new system being introduced in the summer.

- The owners of three properties now face enforcement action after failing to remove waste at the request of environmental protection officers. Five properties were inspected following a visual audit looking for build-up of rubbish that could potentially cause a health or environmental hazard. Two complied with the request so no further action will be taken.

- Minor breaches of the Licensing Act were discovered when police and council licensing officers visited pubs, clubs, cafes and off licences in the area. These included issues with first aid provision and the non-displaying of their licence summary. Two pubs were targeted after a build-up of cigarette butts were spotted during the pre-operation audit and the situation has now improved. Intervention also stopped the owner of an off licence risking illegal trading after he was alerted to the need to apply for a variation in his licence while re-organising his premises.

Councillor Roger Berry, Chairman of the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, said: "It is amazing how much can be achieved when everyone pulls together.

"I would like to personally thank all those who took part in the Cleansweep for a sterling effort. We hope the rest of the community will now be encouraged to take more pride in Pharos ward and work with us to make it a clean and safe place to live.

"Naturally there were some long-standing issues that couldn't be resolved in such a short space of time, but residents should rest assured that all these have been added to a multi-agency action plan for the area and will be dealt with as soon as possible."

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