Friday, 30 April 2010


Thanet is leading the way with its unique Operation Mini Clean Sweep, the latest of which has just been carried out in Cliftonville.

The council led operation saw officers from the waste and recycling and housing teams and community wardens joining forces with Kent Police and the UK Border Agency to target Edgar Road. The one day operation uncovered a number of issues, with three lorry loads of rubbish removed from an alleyway, noise warnings handed out to two households and five faulty fire alarms discovered.

Two Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) were also found and both properties will now have a detailed inspection, which could lead to a notice being served on them or a prosecution for running an HMO without a licence. One Fixed Penalty Notice was handed out to someone seen dropping litter.

People were also asked about any issues in the area and, as a result, the problem of broken glass in the children's area in Dane Park will now be investigated.

Renewal Area Officer Dave Farmer said: "Everyone who took part in our Operation Mini Clean Sweep agreed that it had been a great success. That's also shown by the fact that we've been used as a model by both Shepway and Ashford, who are now doing their own operations. It's good to see Thanet leading the way in this."

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