16:36 Tuesday 28 January 2014

Operation hits 500 homes as part of blitz

Written byROB SMYTH

MORE than 500 homes, business and traders have been targeted in a multi-agency blitz aimed at tackling a wide range of issues in an area of Burton.

East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Border Agency and Trading Standards were among organisations tasked with taking a closer look at a host of problems reported by members of the public in the Anglesey area.

Homeowners were ‘door knocked’ to discuss issues from fly-tipping and littering and a wide range of unannounced compliance checks, ranging from inspecting food and licensed premises to parking issues, inspecting multi occupancy premises and ensuring environmental permits were correct, were undertaken during a day of action.

Julia Jessel, deputy leader for regulatory cervices at the borough council, said: “Partnership working makes a real difference to an area.

“The multi-agency approach enables the sharing of intelligence and information, helping to identify key problem issues.

“Each agency can then work together to resolve them for the benefit of local residents and visitors to the area.

“This was a joined up approach to tackle matters that had been raised by local residents directly to the council and at parish council meetings.

“This initiative was part of an on-going programme of targeted activities being rolled out across the borough throughout the year.”

A total of 500 houses were visited during the crackdown to talk to residents about fly-tipping and littering issues in the area.

Literature was left at the properties with translated copies being provided where required.

Three fixed penalty notices were issued for littering offences, nineteen penalty charge notices for parking contraventions and two vehicles with expired tax discs were reported to the DVLA.

Eleven licensed premises inspections were undertaken with minor breaches found in two which are being followed up.

During the initiative, officers received intelligence ranging from the sale of illegally imported cigarettes to antisocial behaviour which have all been referred for further investigation.

Issues found on the day included accumulations of rubbish and litter on land in Branston Road, which will be investigated, and issues regarding the standards of two privately rented properties in Blackpool Street.

Further properties were leafleted to raise awareness of the council’s services and the free home fire risk check offered by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue.

A blocked sewer was reported to the water authority and has now been cleared of raw sewage from across an access.

The fire service inspected four premises, three of which had fire safety breaches and will be revisited.

The Border Agency did not find any issues but have received intelligence that they are following up.

The borough council has only just disclosed details of this major operation to the Mail, which took place on January 9.

Anyone with any enquiries or wanting to report concerns can call East Staffordshire Borough Council on 01283 508 000 or the police or fire service on 101.

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