Safer 6 campaign cleans up

Published 1st November 2019

Ashley Road following a clean-up

More than 11 tonnes of waste were cleared by offenders carrying out Community Payback and Sandwell Council’s estate maintenance team during this autumn’s Safer 6 campaign.

And Litter Watch volunteers collected around 350 bags of rubbish during more than 20 litter picks around the six towns, with some of the clean-up events supported by council neighbourhood staff, Serco, community groups and councillors.

The council’s neighbourhood teams also held a series of community skip events on estates during the six-week campaign, with residents filling skips.

Offenders serving Community Payback sentences put in 433 unpaid hours, clearing 9.61 tonnes of waste, including rubbish and overgrown areas.

The following locations received a clean-up by offenders:

  • Wadham Close to Newbury Lane walkway, Rowley Regis
  • St James Avenue, Rowley Regis
  • Regent Street, Tipton
  • Tiverton Road to Dawlish Road, Smethwick
  • Mushroom Hall Road open space, Smethwick
  • Wallface, Hill Top, Wednesbury South
  • Beeches Road old allotments, Oldbury
  • Peel Way, Oldbury
  • Harwood Street to Mason Street walkway, West Bromwich

Offenders carrying out Community Payback projects are supervised by Staffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company.

Campville Crescent before and afterThe council’s estate maintenance team cleared 1.87 tonnes of waste from Mallen Drive, Tividale; Ashley Road, Smethwick; and Campville Crescent, West Bromwich.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We worked closely with our Sandwell Local offices, councillors and partners in each of our six towns to identify areas that needed a clean-up.

“This is a very visible way for offenders to pay something positive back to the community as part of their court sentence.

“I’d also like to thank our teams, Litter Watch volunteers, Serco and community groups for all their efforts during this year’s Safer 6 campaign and all year round.”

The 10th annual Safer 6 campaign ran for six weeks this autumn, from 7 September to 20 October 2019.

The Safer Sandwell Partnership campaign promotes crime prevention, safety and healthy living advice with a wide range of activities and events. Each of the six towns had a focus week.