Environmental Action Day comes to Hitchin
Organisations from the North Herts Community Safety Partnership worked together to hold an Environmental Action Day in Purwell, Hitchin (11 March).
The main aim of the afternoon, organised by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), North Hertfordshire Homes and the Hertfordshire Constabulary, was to engage with local residents, discuss any concerns and help to improve feelings of community safety.
Packs were distributed containing leaflets with advice on keeping safe in the home and useful contacts to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour such as graffiti, abandoned vehicles, litter dumping and dog fouling. Window stickers and information on the Neighbourhood Watch scheme were also handed out.
Cllr Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement said: "The Environmental Action Days are a great way to help address any early signs of crime and anti-social behaviour and prevent emerging issues from becoming more serious ones.
"Residents who live in the area have recently expressed concern about dog-fouling and community safety partners want to reassure the community that we are taking action to address these and other important issues to improve the look, feel and safety of the neighbourhood.
North Herts Community Safety Sergeant Richard Wilmot said: "It’s important to the Constabulary that we go into our local communities alongside partner agencies and address issues that most concern local residents through events such as these. During this latest action day we not only had the chance to engage with local residents, we were able to address on-going parking problems in the area and sign up further residents to Neighbourhood Watch."
For information on dog fouling and how to report incidences search ‘Dog Fouling’ at www.north-herts.gov.uk.