A major environmental action campaign in Knowsley will kick off with a three-week clean up blitz in the borough.
Knowsley Council is holding three ‘weeks of action’ to clean up areas of the borough with the highest levels of reported environmental issues, including fly tipping, littering and dog fouling.
Starting Monday, 12 March, the three-week blitz will see the council’s street scene and environmental enforcement teams transform areas of Kirkby, Huyton and Halewood.
The team will spend each week in a particular neighbourhood tackling a different issue every day including clearing fly tipping, litter picking, cutting back overgrown verges and bushes and graffiti removal.
To highlight the number of dog walkers who fail to clean up after their dogs, dog fouling will be sprayed before being cleaned up.
Information will also be distributed to local residents informing them of the penalties for each type of environmental crime, how they can report issues and inviting them to get involved with community initiatives to keep their neighbourhoods clean.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “This campaign involved identifying areas with the highest levels of environmental blight and tackling them with a high profile presence, as well as carrying on with our day to day street cleansing activities. If this first phase is successful we will hope to rollout this targeted approach across the borough.
“In addition to the ‘weeks of action’, we’ll also be working with residents, community groups and schools to highlight the impact of environmental crime and encouraging everyone to take responsibility for their environment and change the way they think and act about the environmental crime that blights our neighbourhoods.”
A new poster campaign, due to appear across the borough this spring, will also highlight the fact that ‘we’re not messing’ when it comes to cracking down on environmental crime.
It will remind residents of the fines and penalties facing anyone who drops litter, fails to clean up after their dog or is caught fly tipping in Knowsley. Fixed penalty notices of £75 are issued to those dropping litter, £100 for failing to clean up dog mess, while fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by an unlimited fine and / or prison sentence.