A crackdown on fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour is taking place in part of Stoke-on-Trent.
Police, the fire and rescue service, the city council and other partner agencies have teamed up to tackle the problem in the Fenton area.
A mobile police station will be parked outside the former Queens Schools site on Brocksford Street, between 10am and 4pm today.
Inside, residents will be able to speak to representatives from the three organisations on a range of issues such as anti-social behaviour, environmental crime and fire safety. The event will also involve:
· Fly-tipping removal and litter picks, and potential enforcement action
· Help from selective licensing officers about private rented properties
· Advice to anyone suffering from anti-social behaviour, and door knocking exercises
· Crime prevention advice
· Safe and Sound home inspections by the fire service
· A chance for residents to get involved with initiatives to improve their community.
The event covers Oldfield Street, Bishop Street, Baron Street, Berdmore Street, Perth Street, Bute Street, Fife Street, Burnham Street, Brocksford Street, Marriott Street, Carron Street, Foley Street, May Place, Packett Street, and parts of Hollings Street, King Street and Goldenhill Road.
Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for communities and safer city, said: “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and tackle any problems the area might be facing, and receive help and support on a range of issues. I’d strongly urge as many residents as possible to be part of the event so we can all work together to change things for the better.
“We’re working hard to improve private housing conditions across the city. We have a selective licensing scheme in this particular area of Fenton which means landlords who own property must apply for a licence, with the aim of improving housing conditions and getting better management from landlords and agents.
“There will be selective licensing officers present from the council who can discuss any concerns people might have about their privately rented property.”
Staffordshire Police chief inspector Karen Stevenson, commander for the Stoke South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Opportunities like this are a great way for us to share crime prevention advice and address any concerns raised by local residents. Working with partners like Stoke-on-Trent City Council we are making great strides in identifying and tackling the root causes of problems like anti-social behaviour and environmental crimes. These two days will help us to bolster the relationship with the local community and hopefully see further improvements in the long-term.”