Day of action a success

19/02/2013 16:50:50

LOCAL school children were among the volunteers who turned out for a day of action to clear up and improve an area of the Ortons in Peterborough.

Officers from the "Tornado" team, and representatives from Peterborough City Council, Enterprise Peterborough and Cross Keys, were in Bringhurst, in Orton Goldhay, between 10am and 2pm yesterday (February 18).

They were joined by nine members of the public and 28 Year 1 pupils from Braybrook Primary School.

Enterprise collected bags of rubbish along with dumped items including mattresses, drawers, gas cylinders, tyres, children's toys, a television and general household waste.

In addition:

* Two vehicles were reported for having no tax.

* Two offences of fly-tipping will be followed up by Peterborough City Council.

* A survey asking residents for their views on the area was completed at about 20 homes.

The Tornado team comprises constables and PCSOs who tackle issues in the Ortons and similar work has already been carried out in other areas.

PCSO Amanda Butler said: "I was delighted that we got volunteers and the local school children who were keen to help improve the area.

"Inquiries have begun into the fly-tipping so hopefully our action will have a lasting effect on the area.

"These initiatives empower the community to take responsibility for resolving issues which ordinarily they cannot do alone."

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