Monday, 18 May 2009


Thanet district Council press release

Operation Clean Sweep has gone back into action this week (Monday 18 May - Friday 22 May), but this time it's targeting properties across the whole of Thanet.

The Thanet District Council led operation, which aims to tackle a range of anti-social issues, usually focuses on specific parts of the area, with previous operations taking place in Margate, Cliftonville, Newington and the Eastcliff and Central Ramsgate areas.

This time however, a different approach is being taken, with the team targeting properties across Thanet that are of interest to the various organisations involved in Clean Sweep.

Operation Clean Sweep involves officers from Thanet District Council, Kent Police, the UK Border Agency, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Kent County Council and aims to tackle a range of problems. This includes planning and housing issues and checking for suspected illegal immigrants or potential fire hazards.

Street Scene Manager, Bob Spicer, said: "Operation Clean Sweep has achieved some excellent results when we've taken it into specific parts of Thanet, but now we're changing the way it works. We said when we started this series of operations that we would constantly adapt them to ensure that they tackled the problems that matter to residents and that's what we're doing now. The organisations involved in Clean Sweep have properties that they're interested in targeting and they could be anywhere in Thanet. Taking this new approach allows us the chance to perhaps target just one property in a road, a village or a town to see if there are issues that we need to be dealing with."

During the week long operation, there will also be clean-ups at litter hot spots around the area.

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