New scheme helps Folkestone and Hythe keep on top of staggering 1,000 reports of graffiti, litter and vandalism

Contributed by editor on Dec 17, 2018 - 08:45 AM


Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s new Area Officers have dealt with more than1,000 reports of graffiti, litter and vandalism since they were appointed just two months ago.

The four dedicated officers act as the Council’s eyes and ears across the district, as well as working with local businesses and community groups.


Welcoming and attractive

They help make sure the area remains a welcoming and attractive place to live, work, and visit, and are hands-on; cleaning graffiti, clearing rubbish, and dealing with issues raised by residents and councillors.

Their achievements were highlighted in a report to councillors about the authority’s progress over the past three months and Council Leader, Cllr David Monk, said the new Area Officers had been a particular success.

He said: “We had high hopes for this scheme when we chose to introduce it and I’m delighted that the team is performing so well.


Swift response

“We know from feedback from our residents that our Area Officers are making a real difference across the whole district, and their swift responses are particularly appreciated.


Empowering communities

“They are also empowering communities to help themselves, by helping to organise volunteer clear ups by residents and businesses.”

Volunteer hours have more than doubled since the same period last year, with a total of 596 recorded, compared to 294 a year ago. And corporate volunteering has also increased, up to 240 hours from 212, while Council staff have spent a total of 506 hours on environmental crime patrol, up from 371."

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