Newark and Sherwood District Council is leading a major campaign to make the district a cleaner, safer and greener place to live, work and visit.
We work hard to ensure that our residents live and work in a district they can be proud of. A clean, safe and green environment promotes well-being, happiness and productivity, improving the quality of life in our district and the experience of visitors.
The campaign is about working with the council services which impact upon the environment of our district, and the lives of our residents, on a day-to-day basis. We want our residents to live and work in a clean, safe and green environment that will enhance their quality of life and build upon civic pride.
We will work in partnership with other organisations and the community to provide a clean and safe district and to protect and enhance the environment of Newark and Sherwood while taking an uncompromising approach to environmental crime with enforcement using fixed penalty notices.
We are investing resources to deal with a wide range of issues from street litter to dog fouling, anti-social behaviour to noisy neighbours and recycling to refuse collection.
The council will:
- Hold targeted 'days of action', in partnership with communities and businesses, to help improve designated neighbourhoods, which will feature council frontline staff working with the community to deep cleanse the streets and deal with community safety issues
- Subject to Policy and Finance Committee approval in September, the intention to recruit two street wardens who would have powers to impose fixed penalty notices for anyone caught littering or allowing dog fouling, along with the introduction of maximum possible penalties for culprits
- Respond to the eyesore of fly-posting where unauthorised advertising signs are attached to railings and street furniture, blighting out town centres
- Send out an information pack to parish and town councils, encouraging local communities to organise their own litter-picks with council equipment and support as well as providing help in dealing with other aspects of the cleaner, safer and greener agenda
- A specific information campaign to improve household recycling throughout the district and reduce bin contamination. The council will be writing to all 52,500 homes stating what household items can and cannot be recycled to help improve recycling rates in the district
- New reporting mechanisms for residents to notify the council about environmental crime. For example, flytipping, dog fouling, littering and graffiti, so residents can inform the council of areas needing attention