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VOLUNTARY SECTOR: Fly-tipping work with community groups

VOLUNTARY SECTOR: Fly-tipping work with community groups

Councillor Shane Moore, Image: LDRS

Councillors have hailed steps taken to work with groups in the voluntary sector in Hartlepool to help tackle the issue of fly-tipping and “build a sense of community”.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership this week heard an update on work being done in the town to tackle anti-social behaviour, following a scrutiny investigation into the issue in 2019/20.

Cllr Shane Moore, borough council leader, praised the work which has since been done in regards to fly-tipping, and getting the Hartlepool Big Town Tidy Up group involved.

It comes as a report, which also went before the partnership meeting this week, showed the number of fly-tipping reports to the council from April to June this year was 560.

This was a drop of 288 reports and 34% compared to the 848 incidents logged last year in the same period, while in 2019 the quarter saw 517 cases.

Following the anti-social behaviour investigation, a fly-tipping working group has been established to look at tackling the issue, involving the Big Town Tidy Up group, along with council officers, Plastic Free Hartlepool and partners from all sectors.

Cllr Moore, chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said having community groups involved can help create pride in the area, which is key to addressing the issue.

He said: “It was really good to see that working with the Hartlepool Big Town Tidy Up has been established and is underway, looking at fly-tipping in the town.

“It’s really good for us because the work that volunteers do across the town in working with us helps to build that sense of community again and build pride in neighbourhoods.

“You’re never going to be able to tackle a lot of the issues around fly-tipping in my opinion until you start to get a bit of pride back in our neighbourhoods.”

Cllr Rob Cook said it could be a good idea to invite such tidy up and litter picking groups into the Civic Centre for meetings on how the system can be improved.

Hartlepool Big Town Tidy Up has already agreed to take part in the fly-tipping media strategy to help educate and prevent fly-tipping in the town, according to the report.

Based on the ward boundaries prior to May 2021, Victoria saw the most fly-tipping reports from April to June this year, with 157 recorded, while Fens & Rossmere saw the fewest, with just 12.

 

Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter


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