Monday, 23 March 2009

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP

Thanet district Council press release

Operation Clean Sweep returns to one part of Ramsgate this week (Monday 23 - Friday 27 March) to follow up on a series of anti-social issues.

The operation, led by Thanet District Council, last visited the Eastcliff and Central Ramsgate areas in July 2008. It will be focusing on Trove Court, Kennedy House, Newcastle Hill and surrounding roads.

Helped by officers from Kent Police, the UK Border Agency, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Kent County Council, the operation aims to tackle a range of problems. These include any damage to council housing in the area, checking the use of buildings in the area and the condition of privately rented homes and looking for any suspected illegal immigrants or potential fire hazards. A truancy sweep will also be carried out during the week and clean up squads will be deployed to tackle dumped rubbish and graffiti, with the help of volunteers from Pipeline.

Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "Operation Clean Sweep made a big difference the last time it was in Eastcliff and we've promised to go back to areas to check on issues there. It's been our experience so far that usually the second time we go back to a particular area, it's much improved and I'm sure that's going to be the case this time as well."

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