Sunderland City Council are teaming up with Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, and Gentoo to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the city.
The new three month drive, aimed at the Southwick area, will focus on working with residents to prevent the issues from happening.
Beginning on May 29th, they’ll be working across 12 streets, including:
- Tennyson Street
- Cicero Terrace
- Julius Caesar Street
- Churchill Street
- Ridley Street
- Gochen Street
- Byron Road
- Chatterton Street
- Kismet Street
- Gordon Terrace
- Cato Street
- Beaumont Street
Concerns that they’re hoping to tackle include littering, fly tipping and dog fouling.
Another major concern in the area in recent times has included arson, with many homes having their bins set alight when left outside their house.
The new drive will include targeted work in the area, such as drop-in sessions, community support officer patrols, and fire safety checks.
Lee Curran, the Tyne and Wear Fire Service Crew Manager, explains why it’s so important for the teams to have a close connection to the public:
Acting Sergeant for Northumbria Police, Peter Baker, explained how the more residents get involved in the initiative, the more they can do to help improve the area:
Staff believe that the public working with the services will help the services put an end to crime in the area.
Southwick councillor, Cllr Alex Samuels, who has been involved with the project along with fellow councillors, said:
“We want residents in Southwick to be proud of where they live. So this is part of a focussed drive to tackle the issues that residents tell us are important to them. We want to work with the community to improve the area and make it a safer and cleaner neighbourhood.”
“This will include a mix of education, prevention and enforcement, as well as providing help and support.”
“It’s something we very much hope residents will get on board with because their help in working with us to tackle local issues and maintain those improvements following this drive is essential.”
Targeted work in the area over coming weeks and months will include:
– fire safety checks
– council environmental enforcement and litter patrols
– twice weekly police community support officer patrols
– an increase in the number of estate walkabouts by Gentoo
– patrols to identify waste in gardens
– housing enforcement activity
– a deep clean of the area by the council’s environmental services
– more drop in sessions
Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director Operations, Gentoo Group said:
“This initiative is an excellent example of effective partnership working to tackle a number of issues in this area. We want our tenants to feel safe, happy and proud of their communities and we are here to support them as much as we can. By working together, we really can make a difference to people’s lives.”
People can also report any issues to the numbers below: Reports can be made anonymously and information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
• Sunderland City Council – 0191 520 5550 or online at www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-it
• Northumbria Police – 101
• Gentoo – 0191 525 5000 or www.gentoogroup.com
• Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service – 0191 444 1500 or online at www.twfire.gov.uk
The Southwick project ties in with the City Council’s ongoing work to create a cleaner greener city.
This has seen an additional £460,000 invested into frontline environmental services to fund more environmental officers on the ground, specialist cleansing equipment to tackle persistent issues like chewing gum and more enforcement activity to tackle litter and waste storage issues.
Recent weeks have seen a city centre deep clean and fines for people caught dropping litter.