Third day of action to take place in Hawtonville

23 January 2019

AN extensive range of activities have been lined up for Newark and Sherwood District Council’s third   Cleaner, Safer and Greener ‘day of action’, it is announced today.

Hawtonville in Newark is the target location in which the council will be tackling a range of environmental, safety and welfare issues, building on the sense of pride in the community and the desire to maintain clean and safe neighbourhoods.

The day, scheduled for March 8, follows two successful days of action in 2018, the first of which took place in the Yorke Drive and Winthorpe Road area of Newark and the second in the Quadrangle area of Blidworth.

Joining the district council’s waste and public protection teams on the day will be partners including the police, Via East Midlands, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Youth Service and Newark and Sherwood Homes as well as community volunteers. Local schools and youth and community groups have also been invited to take part.

On the day itself, the main focus will be in the central part of Hawtonville in the area around Churchill Drive, Cleveland Square and Beech Avenue with further works planned for the wider area.

On the days leading up to March 8, deep cleaning operations will take place around the Hawtonville perimeter – Hawton Road, Boundary Road, Bowbridge Road and Grange Road – which will include intensive street sweeping, pothole filling and street light repairs.

Litter picking, foliage trimming, graffiti removal and the installation of both replacement and additional litter bins where needed are also among the actions scheduled.

Residents will have a central role to play in the activities and are being invited to help join in community litter picks which will run alongside the council’s deep cleaning operations.

Creating and maintaining safer communities is a main focus of the Cleaner, Safer and Greener initiative and there will be street surgeries hosted by the council and police where residents will be able to raise issues of, for example, anti-social behaviour and crime. There will also be vehicle speed monitoring and help offered regarding cycle safety and security.

Council leader David Lloyd said: “The last two days of action have been resounding successes, highlighting the tremendous teamwork between the local community, the council and our partners.

“The Hawtonville day of action looks to be just as positive in what will be a great opportunity for residents to be involved and help make a real difference to their local area.”

Advice on responsible dog ownership, stray dogs and enforcement on dog fouling will also be highlighted on the day in conjunction with the district council’s PAWS campaign, which was launched last year.

PAWS - which stands for Pledge, Active For Life, Welfare and Sign Up – has been designed to promote responsible dog ownership as part of the wider Cleaner, Safer and Greener scheme.

It is an offence to not pick up dog mess in the district and if caught, the penalty can be up to £1,000. As well as incurring a fine, dog mess is an eyesore as well as a health hazard. It can lead to toxocariasis in humans, which can cause serious illness and even blindness.

More than 13.5 tonnes of waste, the equivalent of a double decker bus, was collected on the first day of action in Newark with more than seven tonnes collected on the second in Blidworth, with both days hailed as a major boost to communities.

Anyone who is able to offer support or who wants to become involved in the community litter-pick should email customerservices@nsdc.info or telephone 01636 650000.

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