Wednesday, 29 May 2013


More than 400 residential properties in Birchington have been targeted as part of the council’s latest Operation Cleansweep.  The multi agency operation took place on 15 and 16 May and was part of their integrated service to support the efforts of Thanet communities in addressing local concerns and issues.
Areas that were targeted were Birchington North, Ethelbert Road, Minnis Road, Arthur Road, Birchington South, Stone Barn Avenue, Linington Road, Cornford Road, Farrar Road and Powell Cotton Drive.
As well as providing services and trained officers to speak with local residents, Cleansweep continues to be of benefit in highlighting hazards and illegal practices in shops and other properties.
During the operation Kent Probation Community Payback workers removed rubbish from alleyways and public footpaths, whilst Kent Fire Service offered advice to over 50 properties and arranged follow up calls to several properties for fire prevention and carbon monoxide detection.
A total of 4 parking notices were issued in these areas over the two day period. Education Welfare Officers were amongst the team offering advice for residents whose children had not been attending school correctly and discussing school places for the following intake.
Waste storage issues were addressed at some properties and the team gave advice to a number of residents, also two PDPA notices (Prevention of Damage by Pests Notice) were issued on properties. Dog fouling was evident on the seafront area and dog wardens will continue to patrol the area.
Residents were extremely supportive of the operation and would like the team to return in the future.
Cllr Alan Poole, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “Cleansweep operations provide an effective way to tackle issues within our local communities. With the consistent support from residents, and the great results achieved, it just goes to show how essential multi agency working is. We will continue to target other areas.”

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