A message from EHDC Leader, Cllr Richard Millard
Our Spring Clean Campaign launched yesterday with more crews and more vehicles right across the district, all working to ensure East Hampshire is looking its best.
You will see this activity increasing over the coming weeks as we invest more and more resources into the operation.
Later in the month the campaign will dove-tail with the annual Keep Britain Tidy event, which focuses on community litter picks.
That’s where you come in.
If you, or your community, is planning a community litter pick we can offer support in the form of litter-picking tools, bags, hi-vis clothing and the collection of black bags at the end of the event.
This support for community litter picks is available from 17 March to 2 April, to coincide with the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
If you would like this support, you will be able to register your interest on our website from Monday 6 March, using the link here.
Of course, not every area is suitable or safe for a community litter-pick. Today, I have asked your local parish and town council to let us know if there are areas that require additional resource and attention, so we can add them to our schedule of works.
All across East Hampshire we are ramping up litter-picking, grounds maintenance, road sweeping and more.
We’re also calling on Hampshire Highways to collect their redundant roadside signs, that have been left behind long after they are needed.
And, to make sure the hard work is not undone, we are increasing litter enforcement patrols at littering hot-spots from town centres to laybys. Littering is a criminal offence and offenders can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 or a fine of up to £2,500 together with a criminal record.
This has all been made possible through our transition to a new service arrangement which brings control back to East Hampshire District Council.
Unfortunately, we are not in control of every blight on our roads. Repairing potholes, a huge issue for many residents, remains under the authority of Hampshire County Council.