Spotlight falls Potters Bar clean up

AREAS of Potters Bar are set for a clean up following an operation by police, council officers and firefighters.

The Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership – made up of representatives from Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Police Authority – has identified parts of Darkes Lane, Mutton Lane and areas around the rail station and golf course as in need of tidying.

Following an Environmental Action Day, where officers walked around town locating unclean areas, graffiti was identified in subways, paths and on utility boxes, and rubbish was found dumped in service roads and by the railway. The responsible organisation will be contacted to take action.

The next day, a Spotlight event at Tesco in Mutton Lane gave residents the chance to voice any concerns to officers.

Councillor John Donne, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “We hold a number of action days throughout the year and they are a good way to identify issues like this which impact on the overall quality of an area.

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“We then follow up these operations with Spotlight events where we go out in the community to give residents a chance to speak to us face-to-face about issues such as anti-social behaviour, graffiti, fly-tipping or street lighting.

“These events are all about us working with the community to make things better and encourage people to take pride in Hertsmere.”

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Pc Graham Hiscock, said: “The main issues that were brought to our attention are both already Neighbourhood Priorities – graffiti and nuisance motor cycling.

“We are working in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council to identify the offenders who have created tags and are working on putting up barriers to help stop nuisance motorcycling on the line path next to the railway line. It was useful to speak with residents, who were very receptive of the multi-agency response.”

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