Crewe residents living in fly-tipping ‘hotspots’ are to be surveyed as part of an action plan to decrease the amount of waste illegally dumped on the town’s streets.
The digital surveys commenced this week and are being carried out in six targeted ‘zones’, reaching around 1,000 properties in total.
Representatives from Cheshire East Council, ANSA – a council arms length company – and Cheshire Police will be making the visits and primarily discussing how residents currently manage their waste, how much of an issue they think fly-tipping and poor waste management is in their area and also making sure they have all the appropriate information in relation to this.
The six zones include the following streets (either whole or in part):
1) West Street – from the Goddard Street junction to the Dunwoody Way junction;
2) Richard Moon Street, Richard Street, Samuel Street and West Avenue;
3) Brooklyn Street, Furnival Street, Nelson Street, Nile Street, Stalbridge Road, Walthall Street and Westminster Street;
4) Derrington Avenue, Edleston Road, Electricity Street, Lawton Street, Maxwell Street and Myrtle Street;
5) Catherine Street, Chambers Street, Gresty Road, Hewitt Street, Nantwich Road and South Street; and
6) Alton Street, Gainsborough Road, Ruskin Road and Walthall Street.
Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities and health, said: “This pilot focuses on six zones in Crewe which have been identified from intelligence and the reporting of incidents.
“We take the issue of fly-tipping very seriously and whilst we are an enforcing council, we also want to engage with residents to identify their issues and educate and support them in implementing solutions.
“These surveys are one way in which we can achieve this and we want to work with the community to deliver change and stamp out fly-tipping.”
Letters are being delivered to residents who live in the zones to notify them of the surveys, which will take place during evenings over the next six weeks.
As part of the programme of work, they will also be given information and materials to support them in disposing of waste correctly. For residents whose first language is not English, return visits with translators will be arranged.
The survey is part of a 12-month pilot in Crewe where repeat offenders and hot spots will be targeted. The action plan is also linked to the ‘Connected Communities’ approach, a two-way partnership between the council and Cheshire East’s communities to improve wellbeing and self-reliance, as well as reduce social isolation.
Cllr Bates added: “We want there to be a community approach to keeping Crewe free of fly-tipped waste and for residents to have pride in where they live. We also want people to report offences to us so we can take action.
“During the surveys, you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns in private, and we will ensure information is fed back to the relevant agency for action.”
If you see evidence of fly-tipping, please report it online by visiting www.cheshireeast.gov.uk and searching for ‘street cleansing, litter and fly-tipping’, or call 0300 123 5021.