A community operation saw issues including fly-tipping, dog fouling, littering and broken fencing as a campaign to ensure neighbourhoods take pride in their area rolled into a village.
‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but involves the help of other key organisations including the police and the fire brigade, under the banner of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.
It involves a full day of action in a particular area of town, one day a month, aimed at improving the overall appearance of local neighbourhoods.
Prior to the day, the key organisations involved work with the Ward Councillors and members of the public, to help identify issues which need tackling.
Throughout this year, all eleven borough wards are again being made the focus of the campaign on a rotation basis.
The Rural West Ward day of action concentrated on Greatham village and its immediate vicinity.
Residents had expressed concerns about flooding and drainage on The Green, with water pooling on the road and sometimes on the pavement after heavy rain. Previous investigations have shown that the existing drains are not blocked, but the matter has been passed to the council’s highways team for further investigation.
Councillor Marjorie James, chair of the council’s Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee, said: “Greatham is a lovely, attractive village and it’s clear that the residents take a real pride in it.
“We won’t tolerate people who spoil things for them by activities such as fly-tipping, and we would urge anyone who has any information about this to report it in confidence to the Council or to the police.”
Among the range of improvements made were - the council’s enforcement team patrolled the area, issued a fixed penalty notice for littering and sprayed pavement stencils and installed metal signs, warning people of the penalty for dog fouling.
An additional second bollard has been ordered to prevent fly-tippers from driving up the bank onto Thorntree Lane to dump rubbish.
The fence around the village green is in a poor condition, with many of the rails broken or missing and some of the posts rotten.
A quote has been obtained for the repair or replacement of the fence and has been passed to the parish council for a decision on which course of action it would prefer.
The Council’s camera car and civil enforcement officers patrolled the area around Greatham Primary School at drop-off and pick-up times and also checked other areas where parking restrictions apply.