Friday, 30 July 2010


The latest Operation Clean Sweep in Broadstairs has seen the team talking to more than 100 businesses about their concerns.

The council-led operation involved officers from planning enforcement, community safety and environmental health, along with representatives from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, the UK Border Agency, Serious Organised Crime Agency, Community Payback and volunteers from Pipeline.

Over two days (Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 July), the teams visited properties in Broadstairs High Street and surrounding roads, including Albion Street, York Street and Harbour Street.

More investigations will be carried by environmental health into fly tipping and trade waste at five properties. A series of trade waste agreements were checked and all were found to be sufficient. The council’s planning enforcement team uncovered two planning issues that they will be investigating further as a result.

Kent Fire and Rescue found three premises with no fire risk assessments, which is a legal requirement. They are also sending out 10 guidance letters with fire safety advice and there will be a further three inspections, where properties were found to be contravening fire safety regulations. One of these is urgent, as it posed an immediate risk to the owners. A communal property was discovered that didn’t have enough fire alarms and the owner was contacted and was told to rectify this immediately.

Kent Police gathered information on what concerned local people and prevented two parking obstructions. Kent Trading Standards gathered intelligence and checked for counterfeit goods.

Volunteers from Pipeline were out litter picking, weeding and clearing alleyways in St. Peter’s. In addition, Community Payback removed graffiti in two alleyways and tidied up other locations in Broadstairs. They will also be carrying out further graffiti clearance over the next few days.

Community wardens also patrolled the area, enforcing the council’s zero tolerance policy on litter and dog fouling. The Serious Organised Crime Agency spoke to all the premises that Clean Sweep visited, advising on the dangers of employing people from outside of the EU illegally.

If you have any ideas for future Clean Sweep locations or any communal areas that you feel need attention, call 01843 577737.

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