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A clean environment is a safer and more pleasant place to be and an area that is well cared for tends to suffer less anti-social behaviour such as vandalism and grafitti. Our first community strategy focused on improving the co-ordination between services working in our streets and public spaces and to make it easier for residents to report problems via a single telephone number. Another objective was to involve the community via educational campaigns, and to increase enforcement against those committing environmental crimes.
A new street scene service, bringing together those responsible for street cleaning, maintenance and lighting, was launched in 2003. This has provided better co-ordinated responses to problems reported by the public.
The Streetline telephone hotline was introduced to deal with a wide range of problems including potholes, road gritting, littering, dog fouling, streetlights, abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping and graffiti.The council now has a number of 'Street Monitors' who report on a wide range of street scene related issues in their local area and more are being recruited.
Action has been taken against those dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dogs. From January 2005 to January 2006, 57 Fixed Penalty Notices for littering and 9 for dog fouling were issued.