Barnstaple community clean-up

THE Neighbourhood Policing Team and staff from North Devon Homes joined forces with the local community to take part in a trash amnesty on the Forches estate in Barnstaple. The day of hard graft was initiated after concern about litter and general unti

THE Neighbourhood Policing Team and staff from North Devon Homes joined forces with the local community to take part in a 'trash amnesty' on the Forches estate in Barnstaple.

The day of hard graft was initiated after concern about litter and general untidiness was highlighted as a community priority for residents.

PC Andy Wills and PCSO Danny Rolfe, Forches housing estate manager from North Devon Homes Nick Litherland and staff from the North Devon Homes maintenance department carried out an environmental survey of the area before work began.

They were joined by volunteers from Forches Community Association as the team visited targeted locations and occupiers were offered the opportunity to help in removing unwanted items from their properties.

Mr Litherland said: "We helped residents to clear their area, to offer them a fresh start. Obviously we expect this standard to be maintained. Without exception, everyone we approached with issues at their properties willingly assisted us in dealing with them. It's an important issue for local residents and this showed in the work they put in with us."

PC Wills said: "When discussing neighbourhood priorities with residents one consistent complaint has been about the environment. It's pretty obvious that if your local area has unwanted household items discarded around it, that is going to have an effect on your quality of life. We tackled this by assisting residents and, in some cases, helped those at fault do something about it themselves."

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Together the team removed four fully loaded transit tipper trucks of unwanted household and garden items, plus numerous domestic appliances.

Everything which could be recycled was taken to the Severn Brethren recycling centre and South West Metals.

PCSO Rolfe said: "Based on the response to the day, I will be looking at working with the Forches Community Association and other local groups on organising more events to build on what has already been done to make the area a pleasant place to work and live.

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