19 January 2010

Freshview clean up in Vassall Ward this Friday 22 January 2010

Lambeth Freshview is coming to Vassall Ward this Friday

Freshview is an initiative by Lambeth Council and other organisations which takes a holistic approach to improving the environment of an area.

Freshview logoThe Lambeth website Freshview page gives further information on Freshview: "The scheme is run by the council in partnership with lots of other agencies including Community Payback, the Metropolitan Police, Safer Lambeth and Transport for London. Every month the council and all the agencies work together for an entire day to tackle specific problems and freshen up the area of a local ward.

Freshview aims to:
Improve environmental quality
Reduce anti-social behaviour
Increase community engagement and partnership working"

The website goes on to give details the kind of actions that the Freshview team undertake including

  • Free bulky waste collections for residents in selected streets
  • Issuing fines for littering and waste
  • Removing flyposting and graffiti
  • Community service by Youth Offending and Community Payback teams
  • Confiscating illegal goods and firearms
  • Removal of nuisance vehicles
  • Inspections of commercial premises
  • Improving street lighting
  • Cutting back trees and hedges
  • Deep cleansing of problem hotspots
  • Information stall providing feedback for residents, and much more.

If you know of any areas of the ward/ problems that need attention please get in touch with Freshview before Friday: call the Streetcare Service Centre on 020 7926 9000 or email Freshview@lambeth.gov.uk. Alternatively contact your local Vassall Ward Action Team member (see previous post for details) and they will ensure it gets dealt with.

Lambeth staff have already been out in the ward handing out information on the scheme and labels to attach to bulky items that residents want to get rid off - just put the label on your item and leave it outside the front of the house on Friday morning before 8am.

Vassall Ward Councillor, and local resident, Kingsley Abrams commented "I welcome the Freshview team to Vassall Ward - from what I have seen in other Lambeth wards the concentrated day of action tackling local environmental problems can really make a difference to the local environment."

Vassall Action Team members on walkabout in Vassall ward, LambethVassall Action Team member Tracy Ritson added "I went for a walk around the ward recently with Adrian and Kingsley so have an idea of where most of the problems are but if you spot any problems get in contact with me or one of the other Action Team members and we will ensure that they are dealt with by the Freshview team or afterwards by Lambeth street care."