Tuesday, 30 October 2012


More than 350 residential properties in Ramsgate have been visited as part of the latest Operation Cleansweep organised by Thanet District Council.

Taking place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October, the multi-agency Cleansweep concentrated on Addington Street, Spencer Street, Royal Road, Priory Road, Cannonbury Road and Townley Street. And once again, the initiative brought positive results.

Alleyways were cleaned of rubbish by teams from Kent Probation’s Community Payback, while ongoing rubbish-disposal problems were identified. These will be tackled by follow-up visits from the council’s private sector housing team.

Kent Fire and Rescue representatives were also on hand, and they identified more than 40 properties where advice was given to residents.  

Several local people were also given advice by the council’s dog warden, and 18 Penalty Charge Notices were applied to vehicles by the council’s Civil Enforcement Officers
In the all-encompassing Cleansweep, officers from Kent Police investigated allegations of anti-social behaviour that has been blighting residents’ lives in the early hours of the morning.

Local residents were overwhelmingly supportive of the Cleansweep which led to direct support being organised by Kent County Council’s social services team for two vulnerable, elderly people. Another resident who was facing eviction from their private tenancy was also offered support and direct assistance.

And even though the Cleansweep took place over just two days, long-term benefits will see the repair of damaged pavements and tackling of dog-fouling. 
Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, Cllr Alan Poole, said: “We’ve received tremendous support from local residents during the latest Cleansweep, and we’re very appreciative of this help.

“Local people have an intimate knowledge of their area, and the vast majority care about their environment and want to protect it. The multi-agency Cleansweeps are designed to give the support that residents need, and it’s great to see the community respond so positively.”  

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