Monday, 8 November 2010


More than 70 Ramsgate residents have given their views about what concerns them in the town, as part of the council’s latest Operation Clean Sweep

The SOS trailer was parked in the centre of the town on Tuesday (2 November) as part of the operation, with people able to come in and discuss any concerns they had around crime and anti-social behaviour with PCSOs and officers from the council’s community safety unit. Kent Fire and Rescue Service were also offering free home safety checks.

The one day operation saw almost 80 businesses and more than 30 flats visited by a team, which included officers Thanet District Council, Kent Police, Kent Trading Standards, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the UK Border Agency.

Seven properties were found with no fire safety precautions, which will now have follow-up inspections, while advice was given to four other property owners about fire safety.

Three noise complaints will now be investigated further by the council’s Environmental Health team and action will be taken against one property, where planning issues were discovered. Advice on planning was given to six other premises.

Pipeline joined the team effort, clearing rubbish from two alleyways in George Street and Denmark Road. They were helped by six Danish young people, who were on a church exchange. An additional fly tipping site, just off Harbour Street, is now under investigation by the council.

Checks were carried out to see if businesses were disposing of their trade waste properly. Of these, 12 were not and will have notices served on them. Concerns were highlighted about food safety at one business and two were found which did not meet Trading Standards regulation. Four young people were found during the truancy sweep carried out as part of the operation and their parents and schools will now be notified.

Cllr. Chris Wells, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “People were really keen to come forward and voice their concerns about what matters to them in their community on the SOS trailer. It’s really useful to get that feedback directly from residents about what they want to see being targeted, so that we can concentrate our resources on those things.”

The next Clean Sweep will be held in late November and will be targeting Ramsgate again.

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