Rossall ward all set for spring clean-up

Police and community support 'officers taking part in a previous Clean Sweep 'operation
Police and community support 'officers taking part in a previous Clean Sweep 'operation

ROSSALL ward in Fleetwood is set for a big clean-up.

And the organisers hope it will make a big difference to the local communities involved.

Coordinated by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, the multi-agency operation will run throughout next week, from Monday to Friday.

Activities will be based around the West View and Larkholme estates.

Community activities confirmed so far include litter picks and beach cleans, graffiti removal, dog fouling operations and a stepping-up of enforcement action.

A free bulky waste collection is also being offered to residents in the ward for items too large to be collected by bin crews.

Details of how to arrange collection will be dropping through the letterboxes of eligible households shortly.

Two community reassurance sessions will take place at Chatsworth Avenue shops next Wednesday and Larkholme shops on the Thursday for people to raise their concerns and learn how to make the community safer.

Officers from various organisations, including the police, fire and Wyre Council, will be on hand between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The Cleansweep follows a similar operation in Fleetwood’s Pharos ward earlier this year, which proved highly successful.

Councillor Roger Berry, Chairman of the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, said: “Every time we hold a Cleansweep in Wyre we are encouraged by some very positive results and I’m sure the same will be true in Rossall.

“Despite the name, the operation goes far deeper than a spring clean of the streets; we also get to deal with the less obvious issues such as advising people about fire risks or addressing the fear of crime.

“Contrary to some people’s perceptions, crime is going down.

“Concentrated initiatives like Cleansweeps give us an opportunity to get this message over to the public.”

Prior to the Cleansweep, volunteers will walk down every street in the designated area, making a note of everything that needs to be addressed, however small.

The bulk of these will be tackled during the week itself, but anything that can’t be resolved quickly will be added to an action plan for the appropriate agencies. These will then be dealt with as soon as possible.