Making a neat street

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GOOD neighbours in a village are to be recognised for taking pride in their properties.

Durham County Council’s Neat Street scheme will see residents in Easington Colliery rewarded for their efforts to keep their yards and gardens tidy.

Residents will be given a ticket and entered into a draw to win home improvement vouchers.

Pauline Walker, Durham County Council senior civic pride officer, said: “Tidy yards and gardens make our streets, villages and towns look much more appealing, fostering pride among residents and benefitting the overall environment.

“Our neighbourhood wardens already use their enforcement powers to deal with residents and landlords who fail to keep their properties free of rubbish and now it’s time to reward those people who consistently make the effort to look after their homes.”

The four-week scheme, which starts on Thursday, July 14, will focus on the villages’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ streets.

Tickets will be issued by neighbourhood wardens to residents they believe are making an extra effort to keep their yard or garden tidy, improving the quality of the local environment.