Clean-up operation targets anti-social behaviour in Merthyr Street
Published 3 February 2015Merthyr street clean up Jan 2015
The Safer Vale Partnership has undertaken an environmental clean-up initiative on the lane to rear of Merthyr Street and Holton Road, following issues with environmental anti-social behaviour.
Safer Vale, along with partners the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Youth Offending Service, Probation and Keep Wales Tidy, joined forces with local businesses Subway, Specsavers and the PDSA Shop to clean up the area, which has been the source of complaints of environmental anti-social behaviour for the past year.
PCSO Rhiannon Harris said: “Allowing environmental anti-social behaviour to take hold undermines community confidence in public services. People feel safer when their streets are clean and when buildings are not covered in graffiti.
“Working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and local businesses we have been able to collectively structure a project that addresses specific issues. This is the perfect opportunity to offer help and assistance to the community we work in as part of our ongoing community engagement programme.
“We would like to encourage all members of the community to keep the alley gates closed to prevent further fly tipping and graffiti issues occurring. If anyone is aware of offenders in this area please report the matter direct to 101 to allow us to prosecute those responsible. The Police in conjunction with local partners will continue to patrol and monitor the area to stamp out this kind of behaviour.”
Denise White, Senior Enforcement Officer with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, added: “The Council is committed to continuing to develop our relationship with the local business community. This clean up initiative is one example of our partnership and it is vital that the appearance of the Town centre in Barry creates a positive impression.”
Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many teams from the Safer Vale Partnership come together with local businesses for the good of the community. It is a great example of what can be achieved by working together, to help make the Vale a safer place.”
Inspector Paul Tinkler, South Wales Police, said: “We have listened to our communities and acted upon their requests. During this period of ever decreasing budgets and increased demands on staffing, it is reassuring to see that anti-social behaviour at all levels remains a priority for all of our partners involved and by working together positive results like today’s event will continue to be achieved."