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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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West Cumbrian council steps up efforts to combat litter, fly tipping and graffiti

Vandals, fly-tippers and litterbugs will have nowhere to hide in West Cumbria.

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THIS MUST STOP: Allerdale Council's new street scene education officer Peter Haley hopes to make litter like this in a patch of woodland on the Cloffocks a thing of the past

Allerdale council wants to crack down on environmental crime and is working with the police to employ a new officer to reduce it.

Peter Haley, whose post is being funded by the police, has become a “street scene education officer”.

He will visit schools to talk to children about taking pride in their surroundings and put them off committing acts that ruin the environment.

Mr Haley will work with council officers who can issue fines to people caught committing environmental crime, to target hot spot areas.

Mr Haley, 41, who lives near Cockermouth, has already improved information about the issues contained on the council’s website, He has been involved with the launch of new software to make it easier to report the problems.

He hopes the message will reach the wider community.

Mr Haley, who has previously worked in other roles within the council, said: “A lot of kids have smart phones so they can use our new reporting software.

“The quicker issues are reported the quicker we can act on them.

“Tackling environmental crime uses council funds and if it didn’t happen we could use those resources elsewhere for more interesting things.

“It is about creating a bit of pride in the area, keeping it clean and tidy and attracting more visitors and businesses.”

Allerdale council also recently launched new software to enable people to file on-the-spot reports about everything from dog fouling to fly-tipping.

It uses a QR code on a mobile phone or tablet computer to allow people to report problems which are pinpointed on an interactive map.

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