A successful day of action saw a down-at-heel street in Hove transformed thanks to a new partnership with local businesses, the City Council, Sussex Police, City Clean and residents.
The recently formed Hove Local Action Team, or LAT pulled together a team of 15 people to clean, remove graffiti, paint, weed and clear up rubbish in Haddington Street in central Hove.
During the day, the entire length of the Street together with Haddington Close was cleaned from top to bottom. Seven trolleys of rubbish were removed, pavements weeded and leaves swept. Graffiti was cleaned from walls, doors and street furniture, whether it was public or private property. Many businesses have seen the backs of their buildings transformed into areas which can now be used again after years of neglect.
The police were present during the day, dealing with parking issues and liaising with the various agencies and community partners. PCSO Ross Alderton is now tasked to continue to patrol the area to document any graffiti which does appear with a view to collating any information about possible offenders. Businesses are also being encouraged to do something a little nicer with the back of their businesses such as improving the placement of bins and planting flowers.
PCSO Alderton said, ‘What has been achieved on Haddington Street is testament to the hard work being undertaken by the various agencies working together to help both fight crime and the fear of crime. It also shows us how the Central Hove Local Action Team will be able to deliver on responding to the concerns of local residents, businesses and visitors alike. This has effected everyone in the area for the better, lets hope we can all work together to keep it that way.’
Local Ward Councillor Averil Older also turned up to help, along with Celia Barlow MP for Hove and Portslade. Brighton & Hove Business Forum's - Town Centre Manager - Gavin Stewart (Chair of the Hove LAT) - said, ‘It’s great to have such strong political support to help us really make a difference in Hove. This is the start of a real partnership of action that will benefit the lives of everyone in Hove. I can’t thank everyone involved enough.’
Sarah Leach, Graffiti Officer from the City Clean added, 'The city council is delighted to be working in partnership with the police and local community in tackling some of the environmental issues in this part of the city. This is a great start and we need to continue to ensure the good works are sustained. It is really important that everyone continues to maintain the rear of their properties which will include containing their waste and painting out new graffiti quickly as this will be the most effective prevention for returning graffiti.’
For more information about the Hove LAT or to get involved visit the Safe in the City website.
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