Our Enforcement team recently organised a Community Action Day to tackle street issues in the Grovehill area of Hemel Hempstead. Two groups, made up of four local councillors and around 20 council officers from both Resident and Environmental Services departments, scoured the streets of Grovehill for several hours, reporting and resolving any issues they encountered.
Litter picking as they went, the teams were on the lookout for fly-tipped rubbish, areas in need of repair and maintenance, illegal vehicles and graffiti. The Fire Service also joined the teams to deliver leaflets on Safety and Wellbeing services.
Held on Tuesday 11 July, the day was hailed a great success with 85 street incidents reported, and nearly a tonne of fly-tipped waste and litter cleared. Notices were also served on 11 vehicles that were discovered to be either untaxed or abandoned, with others receiving a sticker to make the owners aware that they shouldn't park on grass verges.
Grovehill Councillor Alex Bhinder said: “This is my 10th ward inspection and I’m very pleased to note that the amount of fly-tipping we collected was considerably down on previous years. While fly-tipping is on the increase nationally, I'm under the impression that Grovehill residents are reporting instances of fly-tipping as soon as they are noticed. Hence, the results of this year’s ward inspection. Untaxed vehicles were also down from 10 years ago, as was litter and other issues, such as footpaths and roads. A great result and a huge thank you from Cllr Julie Banks, Cllr Goverdhan Silwal and myself to the council officers who accompanied us.”
If you have any issues that you would like to report, such as fly-tipping, graffiti, and abandoned vehicles, you can do this on our website.