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New team to keep Gravesend’s streets trouble free

PUBLISHED: 16:11 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:11 03 November 2014

Haringey is the first to use the law to prosecute those who dump rubbish internally in housing blocks.

Haringey is the first to use the law to prosecute those who dump rubbish internally in housing blocks.

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The council has created the group to deal with litter, anti-social behaviour and other issues which crop up in the town

Gravesham Borough Council is unleashing a new task force to take to the streets to keep Gravesend clean, safe and tidy.

Team G - the name of the new group - is a council initiative which brings together street cleaning, litter picking, town wardens, environmental health, civil enforcement and maintenance workers in a unified group to tackle the town centre’s problems with litter, rubbish and appearance.

The council says that the team - which was launched today - will be a highly visible presence in the town, working to remove litter and enforce the law where necessary with on-the-spot penalty notices for those who persistently discard rubbish. The team will work closely with the police and Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to combat anti-social behaviour in all its forms.

Council leader John Burden said: “It has become increasingly evident that the town is being blighted by an irresponsible minority who treat the streets as a dustbin and an ashtray. For the first time, the council is tackling the issue in a concerted and co-ordinated way with a mix of clearing up the mess and issuing fines to those caught littering.

“We want people to take pride in where they live and help us by reporting incidents – like fly-tipping or dog fouling – across the borough and we will respond. The town centre is our first priority but the scheme will expand.

“There will also be an extensive campaign to back up the work of Team G. Later we will be working with voluntary organisations on specific projects around the borough aimed at tidying up estates and villages where necessary.

“I know how seriously people take this issue and – despite the council spending around £1 million a year keeping the place clean – it is viewed as a big factor in residents’ quality of life. The council is determined to confront the problem and, with everyone’s help, resolve it.”

Additional staff have been recruited by the council for Team G, and staff from across its departments have been assigned to the new team so that their work can be targeted and co-ordinated.

The council says that extra enforcement measures will also be put in place once the project has gathered enough momentum.


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