Friday, 16 April 2010


More than 50 flats have been inspected in Ramsgate, as part of the latest Operation Clean Sweep.

This operation was led by Thanet District Council with dog wardens, housing officers and benefits officers going out from the council, with help from Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service. The teams have spent the last two days (Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 April) visiting flats in Trove Court and Kennedy House. The operation was also part of the police's Operation Restore, which has been taking place this week (week beginning Monday 12 April).

Council tenants were visited by housing officers to see if they had breached their tenancy agreement in any way and a total of 18 people were spoken to about rent arrears.

One of the checks was looking at dogs living in the flats and, as a result, two properties were identified that will now be revisited by the council's dog warden. The tenants of two properties were spoken to about noise issues and will now be monitored.

As a result of the visits, three repairs have been reported and will now be dealt with. Details of 10 reports of anti-social behaviour and noise were also taken and will be investigated further. Benefits claims were also checked and verified.

Both flats and communal areas were checked by Kent Fire and Rescue Service for any fire hazards and the alarms were tested. As a result of the checks, three vulnerable people were identified. The fire service's vulnerable person's team will now carry out further visits to ensure that access points are no longer blocked, flammable items are removed and fire safety precautions are adhered to.

Volunteers from Pipeline helped out, clearing the grounds of both Trove Court and Kennedy House. They also cleared an alleyway opposite the Plains of Waterloo and litter picked Loughborough Court.

If you know anyone who you believe could be vulnerable in the event of a fire, which could include smoking in bed, having access points in their house blocked, storing flammable materials, or who needs a free home safety visit and a fire alarm fitted, call Kent Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 923 7000.

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