Police and the council’s Streetcare team gathered nearly three tonnes of rubbish from the streets of Cwmaman last week, as part of an initiative to brighten up the village and encourage residents to feel safe.
They spent three days with PCSOs, who were out finding out about what concerns local residents about their community.
Streetcare combed all corners of the community for rubbish dumped by fly tippers, and just one hour into the clean-up, they managed to fill a lorry with rubbish bags, dumped furniture and rotting waste.
One landlord of a property was fined £150 for letting 50 black bags of rotting waste build up in the back garden of a property he owned.
Sergeant Anthony Moyle, said:
“What we found in some parts was shocking. A very small minority of people are clearly living with total disregard for others, and they are the people we will be targeting. The indiscriminate dumping of rubbish attracts vermin and it also leaves people feeling insecure – it breeds contempt for the area and the situation worsens. We will continue to work with the local authority’s environmental services, and with residents, to identify who the perpetrators are. We won’t hesitate to prosecute people who are caught, and we will be introducing cameras to do that.”
The three-day clean-up kick-started a multiagency action plan for the area which is being led by the neighbouhood policing team.
This initiative – dubbed Project 446, which is a partial reference to the area’s post code – was launched in response to disproportionate fears for personal safety among people in the village.
Sergeant Moyle, added:
“We will be doing everything we can to improve Cwmaman and encourage people to feel as safe as they should be feeling. Hopefully we’ll have the full support of the community over the next few months, when we’ll be sharpening our focus to tackle everything that matters most to them.”
Local ward member Cllr Anita Calvert said:
“I very much welcome this initiative and congratulate the teams for the excellent work being done. Those irresponsible residents need to be reminded that fly tipping is a crime and we will do all we can to eradicate it in our community.”
Fellow ward member Cllr Tina Williams agreed, stating:
“Sadly there are those of us who work hard to keep Cwmanan clean and tidy, making it a nice place for people to visit or live in. But there still that minority who don’t care and cause a negative image of the village. Let’s hope operations like this will put an end to such behaviour.”
PCSOs and police officers have visited hundreds of homes to find out what they would like police and partners to focus on.
Anyone who would like to speak to their local police officer about the campaign, or who would like to discuss issues they have, can contact Aberaman South PCSO Mike Williams on 07805301036 or Aberaman North PCSO Leanne Lacey on 07584004319.
AberdareOnline would add no response from Leanne Lacey to e-mail sent 27th July 2014.