FDC Environment Newsletter – Jan 2015

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Street Pride and Community Groups

Both Wisbech General Cemetery friends group and Wisbech Street Pride utilised marketing opportunities from festive events by having decorated Christmas trees on display at Peckover House and St Augustines Church Parish Centre.

It was also not all work and no play as volunteers from Wisbech Street Pride group attended a Christmas Social evening on 5th December. This time of year is great for the volunteers to celebrate their hard work and mix socially.

Partnership working on noise nuisance

Following the introduction of new laws to deal with anti – social behaviour joint action has been taken by FDC and Wisbech Police to stop loud music and all night parties at a flat in Wisbech causing nuisance to neighbours.  Environmental Health took the lead role gathering evidence via noise monitoring equipment and night time visits.  Police provided support during night time visits and provided witness statements.     A noise nuisance abatement notice and warning letter under the new anti – social behaviour laws were served on the occupier of the flat.  So far further action has not been necessary but should the issue arise again the formal action such as prosecution and/or seizure of the noise making equipment will be taken.

Free Fire Safety Training

Environmental Health continue to work with Cambs Fire and Rescue to provide free Fire Safety/Risk Assessment Training days throughout 2015. These proved very popular last year with over 30 delegates attending the free training courses. The Environmental Health website will be updated with the relevant dates and we will use our current business e-mail database to forward the details of the courses to our customers. The courses are held at the Base, Melbourne Avenue, March.

Partnership working on threat of the Ebola Virus

Fenland District Council (Port Health Authority for Wisbech) has been working with Public Health England to ensure robust procedures are in place to identify and deal with any cases (or suspected cases) of Ebola entering the UK through Wisbech and Sutton Bridge Ports.  The likelihood of this occurring is at present thought to be very low; nevertheless, it is essential that relevant agencies have plans in place to deal with any cases.

Streetscene

Performance
Total time out and about on patrol in the local community: 122 Hours
Percentage of cleansing inspections found to be of a suitable standard: 98%
Number of cleansing inspections carried out: 15

 

Fly tipping and Duty of Care

Business visits are continuing in Wisbech to ensure all commercial premises are complying with their waste disposal obligations. A formal Enforcement Notice will be delivered if a business fails to produce documentation from their trade waste provider.

The breakdown of areas where fly tipping has been found are as follows for the previous month:

  • Chatteris        5
  • March            22
  • Whittlesey      6
  • Wisbech         24
  • Villages          54
  • Total               117

All instances of fly tipping have been removed within 24 hours of being reported.

Intervention and Enforcement

Joint patrols with PCSOs to target alcohol related litter have been organised as follows:

  • 9th January 2015
  • 13th January 2015
  • 24th January 2015
  • 29th January 2015

During the last month in Wisbech we have issued:

  • 1 verbal warning for duty of care
  • 1 verbal warning for littering

Cleansing

Proactive patrols in Wisbech have resulted in the following locations receiving additional cleansing, Elm Road, Money Bank, Victoria Road, Ollard Avenue, Wilberforce Road and others where littering would have affected the town’s appearance.

Dog Issues

Following requests from the public we have installed/ replaced dog signs and increased patrols along River Terrace in Leverington, Tydd St Giles, Westmead Avenue, Wilberforce Road and Kirkgate Street.

Vehicles

2 abandoned vehicles have been reported at the end of December. These are currently being investigated by the Street Scene Team.

Cemeteries

We have received a report of anti-social behaviour in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The police have been made aware of possible drug use following drug related litter being found. Patrols have been increased to provide a visible presence in the cemetery.

86 Memorial Safety Inspections have been completed in December 2014.

Other

  • The Street Scene Team assisted with the delivery of two Christmas Markets in December 2014. The March Christmas Market on Sunday 7th December and the Wisbech Yule Fayre on Monday 15th December. Both events were a success and well received by the Community.
  • A damaged bollard outside E Visons on High Street was reported to Highways and repaired within 24 hours.

 

Fenland Renaissance Programme

Grant aided repair works have commenced at 9 & 10 South Brink, Wisbech and 21, 23 & 25 Hill Street, Wisbech.

Open Spaces

The Landscape Group are well in to the winter works schedule, this includes hedge, shrub bed and hard surface maintenance.

Extra works in cemeteries are also taking place with additional cremation plots being installed and existing cremation plots having wooden surrounds and stone chip replacing the adjacent grassed areas. Other planned work in FDC cemeteries is the removal of vegetation growing within kerb plots and herbicide treatment to prevent regrowth this is ongoing through to March 15.

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