Problem parking and untidy homes at centre of Hartlepool campaign

Pictured with the new and existing dog fouling warning signs are (from left to right) Hartlepool Council's Community Safety and Engagement Assistant Sarah Turner, Anti-Social Behaviour Officer Marie Harland, Civil Enforcement Officer Steve Forster, Neighbourhood Development Officer Tara Davison and Kate Ainger, Projects Officer in the Council's Community Safety and Engagement Team, who were among those taking part in the day of action.

Pictured with the new and existing dog fouling warning signs are (from left to right) Hartlepool Council's Community Safety and Engagement Assistant Sarah Turner, Anti-Social Behaviour Officer Marie Harland, Civil Enforcement Officer Steve Forster, Neighbourhood Development Officer Tara Davison and Kate Ainger, Projects Officer in the Council's Community Safety and Engagement Team, who were among those taking part in the day of action.

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An environmental campaign saw council officers tackle problem parking, illegal vehicles and untidy properties.

The Hartlepool Borough Council ‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ campaign saw a day of action in the Foggy Furze area of the town.

Twelve fines were issued for parking offences, including eight for illegal parking around St Aidan’s, St Cuthbert’s and Kingsley primary schools.

Warning letters were also issued to five property owners over rubbish in the front gardens, while two untaxed vehicles were seized.

Glow in the dark signs to fight against dog fouling have also been placed in dog fouling hotspots in Kingsley Avenue, Tennyson Avenue, Tristram Avenue, Westbrooke Avenue and Wordsworth Avenue, Heathfield Drive, Whitfield Drive and Oxford Road.

The signs are part of a nationwide campaign to Keep Britain Tidy and feature piercing eyes with a warning ‘Thoughtless dog owners - we’re watching you’ and a hotline number to report dog fouling.

Coun Marjorie James, chair of the council’s Neighbour Services Policy Committee, said: “Dog fouling is a blight on our environment.

“There is no excuse for dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs and these striking new signs leave no doubt that - supported by local residents - we won’t tolerate it.”

Hoping to win the fight against dog fouling, the signs have been funded by Foggy Furze Couns Christopher Akers-Belcher, Kaylee Sirs and Kevin Cranney from their ward member budgets.

The Hartlepool campaign includes work from Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade and gives a full day of action to a particular area of the town, working with the community beforehand to tackle the key issues to improve local neighbourhoods.

The Foggy Furze day of action focussed on the area bordered by the Shelley, Dickens, Martin and Ruskin Groves to the north, Oxford Road to the south, Catcote Road to the west and Shakespeare Avenue to the east. Rift House Recreation Ground was also included.