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Action against 'grime crime'
Thursday 3rd September, 2009

An environmental campaign calling on litter louts to clean up their act is being launched in a local grime ‘hot spot’.
The area in Platt Bridge has been targeted for action following complaints from local residents about problems with litter, graffiti, dog fouling and fly tipping.

The three week campaign – which focuses on the area covered by Neville Street, Sydney Street, Walthew Lane and Liverpool Road – will kick off with an Action Day, planned for Friday 18th September.

Fly tipping will be cleared, litter removed, graffiti cleaned away and pavements weeded as part of a series of activities. A number of educational workshops will be held in Platt Bridge Community School to raise awareness of the issue and to inform people of the penalties that culprits can incur.

High profile fixed penalty notice signs will be installed in the streets in the week leading up to the campaign launch, and consultation with local residents is also planned, with nearly 300 homes targeted in a ‘door knocking’ exercise aimed at engaging local people in the campaign.

An initial clean up week will be followed by a fortnight of high visibility patrols and fixed enforcement action in a bid to clamp down on littering and fly tipping offences. At the end of the campaign, surveys will be carried out to benchmark the success of the campaign and to assess the public’s perception of it.

The clean up campaign has been organised by the Neighbourhood Team in partnership with local ward members, the Police and land managers such as Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, Network Rail and Peel Holdings. A wide range of Council teams are also involved, from street cleansing and highways, to public health and community safety.

"We all have a responsibility to care for our environment and the Council has invested significant resources into this area in the form of alley gate schemes,” says Wigan Council’s Paul Haunch, Neighbourhood Team Leader for the area and campaign leader.

“The challenge now is to clean up this area, provide education and advice to residents, and to take action against environmental crime. We need to get the message out that dropping litter or failing to clean up after a dog could result in a fixed penalty fine of up to £80. The offense of fly tipping can result in much heftier fines. We will be active and visible in this area from the 14th September when signs will appear in the streets and we will be visiting every household to give advice and reassurance, and to invite people to get involved in our Action Day.”

Wigan Council’s champion for neighbourhoods, Cllr. Kevin Anderson, says:
“I welcome this campaign and the proactive way in which different Council departments and agencies are working together. After the campaign finishes, our commitment to clamping down on grime crime will continue with appropriate enforcement action. We will carry on working with residents and encouraging them to provide information regarding perpetrators who are damaging their neighbourhoods.”

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